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Long, Long After School
Transcript of Long, Long After School
-Wes just realizes that his grade 3 teacher Miss Tretheway passed away in her sleep.
-Wes is deeply affected by her death because she was such a beautiful person in his mind.
-The chairman fails to agree with Wes because he only looked at her appearance.
-Wes starts explaining all the kind things she did for him and how she was most beautiful on the inside.
-Wes finally finishes telling him the story.
-The chairman realizes how ignorant and shallow he was and finally understands him.
-The main conflict of the story is Person vs. Self.
-This is because in this story as he was growing up, nobody liked the main character Wes.
-Only his grade 3 teacher Miss Tretheway liked him
-She was the only one to help him when he needed it.
-When she passed away he was completely devastated.
-When he finds out that she passed away, he was trying to overcome his emotions.
Point of View
-The story is told in the Chairman of the School's point of view.
-Shy, Wes was a kid that didn't have a lot of friends.
-Mysterious, he was one of those kids that were to themselves.
-Affectionate, he was only affectionate towards Ms. Tretheway
-Guilty, he was one of the kids to bully Wes
-Apologetic, he felt guilty when Wes told him the stories of grade three
-Kind, she helped Wes when he needed it most.
-Affectionate, she felt bad when the other kids picked on Wes.
-Beautiful on the inside, she saw eveyone as an equal and treated everyone the same.
Style of Writing
Irony, Tone and Mood
-Ernest Buckler used a 'conversational' writing style that showed Empathy and Emotion (Informal writing style) the author can show empathy in their writing and direct it towards the reader regarding the complexity of a thought that help a character through that complexity throughout the story.
In the begining of our short story the chairman (antagonist) bumped into his old classmate Wes (protagonist) the chairman delivered the news that their third grade teacher miss tretheway had passed away. Wes became very emotional about this news.
Wes was explaining why miss Tretheway was beautiful in her own way and how he explained the ways she helped him through his struggles in everyday life
The climax of the story was when the narrator realized how ignorant and judgmental he was and he saw how much she helped Wes
Wes finished telling his stories and realized how nice Miss Tretherway was, not on the outside but on the inside where it really matters.
after wes finished telling his stories the narrator (chairman) feelings changed towards Wes and Miss Tretheway.
The story ended by the chairman realizing how judgemental he was and realized he wasn't even beautiful himself. By the end of the story he finally understands that beauty isn't just about your appearances or how you look, but how you act and treat others. "My curiosity was quite satisfied. But somehow I myself had never felt less beautiful, or less of a gentlemen." -Chairman.
Miss Tretheway may not have been beautiful on the outside, but she had a kind, beautiful heart.
• The action takes place at a cemetery on a cold December day.
“The cemetery is right next to the river. I look down the river where the cold December water lapped at the jagged ice thrown up on the banks,” (Page.116)
• Our group decided that the theme is that it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
“Beauty is not about mere appearances. True beauty comes from the inside. The more you show who you are, the more beautiful you will be.”
• Symbol of action- generosity, kindness, and righteousness. Miss. Tretheway donated her blood to Wes saving his life.
“I guess no one felt like taking any chances for me, anyway Mother said I could have hers, but hers wasn’t right. Mines that odd type- three, isn’t it? Miss. Tretheway was three too… and that’s funny; because only seven percent of people have it. She gave me a whole quart, just as soon as she found out that hers would match”
• Symbol of an object- the corsage. Wes brought the corsage to Miss. Tretheway’s grave symbolizing her beauty.
“His little bunch of flowers was the most incongruous thing you could imagine. It was a corsage. A corsage of simple flowers, such as a young boy sends his girl for her first formal dance.”
“`She was so beautiful,’ he answered me, as if no explanation needed.”
• In the beginning Wes says “She was so beautiful,” he says this with no explanation and later on we learn that she was beautiful on the inside.
• The tone and mood of the story is sad, depressing , and dark because we learn that Miss. Tretheway had just died and Wes was the only one connected to her, so when he starts talking about her past it’s sad because they won’t have a future.