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"Luck" - Final Presentation

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Plot Elements Main Characters Theme Background Information Exposition:
Setting - Time: sometime recently after February 1856 (when the Crimean War ended)
Setting - Place: a military banquet in London
Internal Conflict: The Reverend is upset with himself because he feels that he allowed Scoresby to receive this undeserving title because he helped him at the beginning of his career
External Conflict: Lieutenant-General Lord Arthur Scoresby does not deserve the attention that he receives for being a military genuius Climax Scoresby mistakes his right hand for his left and leads his army in the wrong direction; therefore, his men win the war and he is awarded the title of a military genius. The clergyman tells the beginning narrator that Lietenant-General Lord Arthur Scoresby is a fool The Reverend helps Scoresby to understand the material in his class Scoresby becomes a captain in the Crimean War The Reverend restates Socersby's life Resolution:
“The best thing in all this world that can befall a man is to be born lucky” (Twain, 608). This quote from Mark Twain’s “Luck” sums up the entire short story. Scoresby may not have anything going for him as far as intelligence or talent, but the fact that he has good luck cancels the lacking of those traits out because having good luck all the time is the equivalent of being smart or gifted. Character Analysis: •Lieutenant-General Lord Arthur Scoresby is the main character of “Luck.” A reader cannot fully develop his or her own opinion of this character because he is only talked of from the narration of the Reverend. From this narration, though, one can tell that many people believe he is a renowned military hero. He became as famous as he is now on the battlefield of the Crimean War, as he led his army to win the war. The Reverend trained Scoresby and speaks of him as though he is a moron and achieved all that he did through good luck. A reader could never know the exact truth, though; the Reverend was the only source of the Lieutenant’s actions. •The Reverend, and main narrator of the story, was once an officer at a military academy in Woolwich. He was in charge of much of Arthur Scoresby’s training. The Reverend does not have negative feelings towards Scoresby as he states that he is loveable, sweet, and kind; however, the Reverend does believe that Scoresby only achieved what he did through good luck, as opposed to skill or intelligence. The theme of "Luck" is that a person may not be intelligent, beautiful, or talented at all, but he or she may still experience great success in life if good luck comes their way.
Evidence:
Foreshadowing: There is foreshadowing of the theme just in the title of this short story. By reading the title, "Luck," someone can assume that the story's main message relates somehow to luck.
When the clergyman worked at the Military Academy, he drilled Scoresby on things he knew would help him on examination day. By utter luck, Scoresby was only asked questions he'd been drilled on, and therefore knew the answers to, so he passed the exam (Mark Twain, 605-606).
“Every fresh blunder he made increased the luster of his reputation” (Twain, 607). This quote relates to the theme because every time Scoresby made a mistake out of ignorance, luck would make things work in his advantage. Because nobody knew of his mistakes, they surprisingly gained him respect and his good reputation.
Our idea:
Our group agreed with the message that Mark Twain presented in the text. Because luck partially affects everyone's life, they can succeed at something they may not know anything about. Rising Action Falling Action Author's Biography Mark Twain Mark Twain was borrn in 1835 in Florida, Missouri as Samuel Langhorne Clemens. At fifteen, he discovered his love for writing when he joined his brother's newspaper as a printer and editorial assistant.
He moved to St. Louis at seventeen and while he was there, he became a river pilot. This is where his pseudonym, "Mark Twain" came from. It is a river term that means it is safe to navigate.
Twain wrote "Luck" in 1866. He drew many characters and incidents that occurr in his stories from his own childhood, but this particualr work is said to be based on a different person.
Twain heard the story from his friend who told him a tale similar to "Luck." One of his footnotes states that the story was related to him by an instructor at Woolwich Academy, and a possible match to the famous "Scoresby" is Sir Garnet Wolseley.
Other famous pieces by Mark Twain include "The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn," published in 1875, and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," published in 1876.
Though Twain passed away in 1910, his stories are still widely known throughout the world. The Crimean War The Crimean War began in October of 1853 and ended in February of 1866. It was known for strategy and tactical errors (from both sides). In Russia, it was also known as the "Eastern War," and in Britain, it was sometimes called the "Russian War." Royal Military Academy at Woolwich Sources Prentice Hall Literature: Platinum Level
"Royal Military Academy, Woolwich." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 14 Sept. 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Military_Academy,_Woolwich>.
"The Official Web Site of Mark Twain." CMG Worldwide. Web. 14 Sept. 2011. <http://www.cmgww.com/historic/twain/about/bio.htm>.
"Luck (short Story)." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 14 Sept. 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luck_(short_story)>.
"Crimean War." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 14 Sept. 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean_war>.
"Mark Twain on the Crimean War: Introduction." The Victorian Web: An Overview. Web. 14 Sept. 2011. <http://www.victorianweb.org/history/crimea/beck/1.html>. Most of the war occurred in the Crimean Peninsula, north of the Black Sea. This academy in Woolwich, London "was a British Army military academy for the training of commissioned officers of the Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers."
It was founded in 1741 and was intended to be a place of learning and skill mastery for officers.
In 1939, the academy closed, but only eight years later the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst opened on the same site. "Luck" by Mark Twain Katie Hill, Zach Draper, Chris Kollhopp, Molly Woodburn The End.
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