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All Summer in a Day
Transcript of All Summer in a Day
in a Day
Exposition & Introduction
The planet of Venus, within the underground city, in a classroom of a local school.
Morning, Seven years after the last sun appearance. In a distant future.
Anxious, nervous and tense atmosphere.
"It had been raining for seven years and that was the way of life on Venus for the rocket men and woman and the children who had set up civilization on the planet."
The Children & Margot
Margot shares a poem that she wrote to the class about the sun.
I think the sun is a
flower, that blooms for just one hour."
This results in a boy protesting that she did not write it, which hints the beginning of jealousy. The major conflict in this story is the children's resentment against Margot,
especially William because she had seen the sun.
"They hated her snow face, her waiting silence and her possible future"
This type of conflict is Person vs.Person
Margot tries to stay out of the conflict by
letting herself be bullied and saying nothing to defend herself. Occasionally she will say something about the sun appearing and describe its beauty but the children angrily deny her memories, accusing her of lying and crushing her dreams of seeing the sun.
On the other hand, the children (mostly William) tries to solve their problem (which is Margot) by locking her in a closet.
Yup, the two protagonists have totally different tactics. Margot prefers the "Fade to nothing" I'mcamoflougedsoyoucanleavemealonenowty
technique and Willaim.... well he uses an
Arnold Schwarzenegger "Eliminate
the Enemy" sorta thing.
"And then there was light"
Finally, after being hidden by storm clouds for seven years, the sun made its appearance.
Shining like the color of flaming bronze, it silenced the world with its almighty power.
The children, awed by its immense beauty rushed out into the once monochrome forests of Venus, arching their pale faces towards the light, like fragile sunflowers. Life was restored again.
But poor Margot was forgotten and left
in the darkness of the closet - an
abyss compared to the
"Like tears, they fell."
In the midst of all their excitement, a wail suddenly echoed. Everyone stopped. And noticed. The world was crying, painful teardrops that mourned for the sun, the light
that was slowly fading into a mist of clouds.
"The sky darkened into midnight in a flash"
Vanished smiles, broken hearts, faded
dreams. It was not until something was
taken from them that they realized
what they had done..
One hour wasted away. They all knew it.
The children would not meet each other's eyes. They knew they were responsible.
She missed the only appearance of the sun because of them ... seven more years.
"Behind the closet door was only silence."
The children unlocked the door, even more slowly, and let Margot out.
"Still it rained"
: I think
character because the narrator describes her background and appearance in depth. Her feelings are expressed deeply too, even though the characters in the story may not think so.
is also a
character though because she did not change dramatically from beginning to end, or if she did, the ending was very vague.
characters because they are portrayed as the same jealous enemies of
I think they might be
very end when they realize
Point of view
because the story is told by a narrator, and not Margot or the children. The narrator centers on the thoughts and actions of many characters.
And once, a month ago, she(Margot)
had refused to shower in the school shower rooms, had clutched her hands to her ears and over her head, screaming the water mustn't touch her head."
The children, recalling the sun they had seen when two yrs old.
"Do the scientists really know? Will it happen today, will it? Look look, see for yourself!"
"...peering out for a look at the hidden sun"
"seven years ago, when the sun came out for an hour"
This all foreshadows that the sun will come out later on.
It also hints that the the sun will only stay for one hour.
"He gave her a shove"
When William pushes her, something bad might happen later on.
"Rain" symbolizes sadness and despair, but also cleansing.
It foreshadows tragedy for Margot and how the children are suffocating in their rain-filled world that is full of jealousy.
"Wind & Storms" symbolizes violent human emotions.
Because the children have lived in a world drowning in rainstorms, their good qualities have been "washed away" making the children quick tempered, and envious.
The "Sun" symbolizes a ray of sunshine emerging from darkness.
When the sun emerges, the children are filled with lost happiness, and the light guides them away from their dark intentions.
In the title, "Summer" symbolizes maturity and knowledge.
At the end of the book, the children will realize their mistakes, and reflect on how badly they treated Margot.
"She was a very frail girl who looked as if she had been lost in the for years and the rain had washed out the blue from her eyes and the red from her mouth and the yellow from her hair. She was an old photograph dusted from an album."
- Description of Margot
"The concussion of storms so heavy they were tidal waves"
"The color of flaming bronze/the sky was a blazing blue"
"It was a nest of octopi, clustering up great arms of flesh-like weed/the color of rubber ash, white cheeses and the moon."
- Venus Forests
can cause people to bully
those who have something they want.
The children are jealous that Margot had seen the sun and still remembers it.
is wrong and dangerous because we do not know the consequences of the victim.
The children bully Margot verbally by accusing her of lying about the sun, and physically by shoving her into a closet.
Something that starts out as a little
can end up in tragedy.
The Children wanted to temporarily lock Margot in the closet, but forgot to let her
out, so she missed the only
appearance of the sun.
is actually a hot and dry planet but in this short story, it is described as being constantly drowned in rain.
The name "
" is also the title given to the goddess of beauty, but ironically the
in this story is actually quite ugly - with its
, flesh-like weeds. The jungle in this world is also not what we would expect. Instead of seeing vibrant, lush
, the forests are
"the color of rubber and ash...the color of stones and white cheese and ink, the color of the moon."
is normally supposed to bring life and make the world
But in this story, the years of rain has made
a monochrome wasteland.
is treated as an "alien" because she comes from earth. From our perspective, it would be opposite and the children from
would be aliens.
"The rain slacked still more. They crowded to the huge door. The rain stopped. / The silence was so immense that you felt your ears had been stuffed or you had lost your hearing altogether. / The door slid back and the smell of the silent, waiting world came in to them. The sun came out."
Suspense happens before the sun makes its first appearance on the planet of Venus, shattering the sound barrier and silencing the whole world.
"They walked slowly down the hall in the sound of cold rain. / They walked over to the closet door slowly and stood by it. Behind the closet door was only silence. They unlocked the door even more slowly, and let Margot out."
This passage uses suspense to make us feel anxious about when they finally release Margot from her captivity.
is a possible reference because:
"It had been raining for seven years. Seven years ago the sun came out for an hour."
is biblical in many ways such as the
days of creation. In scripture,
symbolizes completeness or perfection. So when the sun comes out, it makes Venus "perfect" for one hour.
Margot is a "Christ Figure". She believes in something that other don't, such as the sun (which is God) and everyone denies her. Later on, the children "
" and "
" her, and locked her in a closet, far away from being able to see the sun. This is very similar to the
of Christ followers and how they were not allowed to believe in God.
is another reference because of the endless
that drowns Venus
everyday. The children are kept inside until the day the sun appears and they can set foot outdoors to see the beauty of a
A English Project by Mandy Jong Block 6