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Checkouts by Cynthia Rylant
Transcript of Checkouts by Cynthia Rylant
The setting is in Cincinnati, in a supermarket down the rode from her house. The main character was the redheaded girl, there was also the bag boy from the grocery store and her parents. She was upset because she had to move from the town she grew up in to Cincinnati. Rising Action: She keeps going to the supermarket and trying to live her new life in Cincinnati. She misses her life in her childhood town, but her parents believe since she is nice, she will make new friends soon. Resolution: The redhead and the bag boy ended up living different lives, and forgetting about the one time at the supermarket where they fell in love. They both decided to move on and start dating other people. They never told each other about how they felt. Climax: When she went to the supermarket one day, she met a bag boy, and when he dropped the mayonnaise jar, that's when she knew she had fallen in love. She kept coming back to the supermarket hoping to see the bag boy again, but it was weeks before they saw each other. Falling Action: When they finally met again at the supermarket, they didn't acknowledge each other and so they never told their feelings to one another. The redhead left the store not knowing what the bag boy felt. Theme Statement:
Everything doesn't work out the way you want it to. "And when they finally did meet up again, neither offered to the other that he, or she, had been the object of obsessive thought for weeks," (Rylant 84) "It is odd how we sometimes deny ourselves the very pleasure we have longed for and which is finally within our reach." (Rylant 84) "And the bag boy let her leave the store, pretending no notice of her." (Rylant 85) Figurative Language Quotes: "As fate would have it, her visits to the supermarket never coincided with his schedule to bag." -Hyperbole (Rylant 84) "That was enough to distract him, and when finally it was her groceries he was packing, she looked at him and smiled and he could respond only by busting her jar of mayonnaise on the floor, shards of glass and oozing cream decorating the area around his feet." -Onomatopoeia (Rylant 83)