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English: Short Story

By: Fatima, Kavya and Karan
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on 19 July 2012

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Transcript of English: Short Story

A Man Who Had No Eyes A short story by MacKinlay Kantor By:
Kavya, Fatima
&
Karan CHARACTERIZATION SETTING THEME DEVICE OF STYLE PLOT >Encounter between two men, a blind beggar(Makwardt) and gentleman(Parsons)
>They talk and the beggar tries to gain Parsons sympathies for money
>Markwardt tells him he had been caught in an explosion where he worked, and another larger man had pulled him back and climbed over him while trying to escape, leading to his blindness
>Parsons says it was the other way around, that Markwardt had pulled him back
>Markwardt is shocked and yells at Parsons that he is blind, and Parsons calmly tells him not to make a fuss as he is blind as well SUMMARY Man Vs. Circumstance:
Parsons had to struggle to stay alive as he was pushed down by Markwardt

"You were the fellow who hauled back on me and climbed over me. You were bigger than I was, Markwardt."(Sightlines 10, 330) EXTERNAL CONFLICT Man Vs. Self:
Parsons struggled with himself about his disability and overcame it

"And he had done it alone, unaided, struggling beneath handicaps" (Sightlines 10, 328) INTERNAL CONFLICT >Introduction of main characters
>Setting
>Foreshadows Parsons handicap
>Internal conflict BEGINNING >Moral of story + Theme
>External conflict
>Irony(Ironic ending) ENDING MARKWARDT
(BLIND BEGGAR) Geoffery Rush aka.
Hector Barbossa MR. PARSONS Leonardo DiCaprio MARKWARDT " He was a blind beggar, carrying the traditional battered cane, and thumping his way before him with cautious, half-furtive effort of the sightless. He was a shaggy, thick-necked fellow; his coat was greasy about the lapels and pockets, and his hand splayed over the cane's crook with a furtile sort of clinging. He wore a black pouch slung over his shoulder. Apparently he had something to sell." (Kantor 328) "His words words fell with the bitter and studied drama of a story often told, and told for money." (Kantor 329-330) MR. PARSONS " A few years ago he had been littlemore than a skilled labourer; now he was successful, respected, admired ... Insurance ... And he had done it alone, unaided, struggling beneath handicaps ... And he was young." (Kantor 328) " He was a handsome figure with his immaculate grey suit and grey hat and malacca stick" (Kantor 329)

"But i don't smoke" (Mr. Parsons 329)

"don't make such a row about it, Markwardt ... So am I." (Parsons 330) " The air was rich with spring; sun was warm and yellowed on the asphalt." (Kantor 328) " A beggar was coming down the avenue just as Mr. Parsons emerged from his hotel." (Kantor 328) "Fourteen years, guv'nor." (Markwardt 329) "Westbury, sir, i was one of' em ... The chemical explosion "(Markwardt 329) NEW YORK WESTBURY APPEARANCE
vs.
REALITY Pg 330 para 5
"The story is true," Mr. Parsons said, "except that it was the other way around." Pg 330 last line
"You got away but I’m blind! Do you hear? I’m---"
"Well," said Mr. Parsons, don’t make such a row about it, Markwardt…So am I." Mr parson’s tried to forget all about what happened in the C- shop by living a good life but markwardt reminded him all and ignited the fire within Mr. Parsons don’t let your disabilities get the best of you “And, thought Mr. Parsons, he was very glad to be alive. A few years ago he had been little more than a skilled laborer; now he was successful, respected, admired… Insurance… And he had done it alone, unaided, struggling beneath handicaps… And he was still young.”

(pg 328, 4th paragraph) >Time and location in which a story takes place
>"The air was rich with spring; sun was warm and yellowed on the asphalt." (Sightlines 10, 328)
"'Last thing I ever saw was C shop going up in one grand smudge, and that awful gas pouring in at all the busted windows." (Sightlines 10, 329) SETTING Author uses device to:
Create two different atmospheres
Show contrast IRONY >A turn in events or a twist of fate
> "'You got away, but I'm blind! Do you hear? I'm--" "Well," said Mr. Parsons, "don't make such a row about it Markwardt...So am I." (Sightlines 10, 330)

>Author uses device to:
Show moral and theme of story IRONIC ENDING >The juxtaposition of opposites (i.e. within a character/ between characters)
> "He was a blind beggar, carrying the traditional bettered cane, and thumping his way..." (Sightlines 10, 328)
"[N]ow he was successful, respected, admired..." (Sightlines 10, 328)
"He was a handsome figure with his immaculate grey suit and grey hat and malacca stick." (Sightlines 10, 329) Author uses device to:
Show moral
Shows difference between to characters with the same disability CONTRAST
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