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Tuck Everlasting

A prezi on Tuck Everlasting and comprehension of the book.
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Gabby Kindig

on 24 February 2012

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Tuck Everlasting by: Natalie Babbitt Let's start by setting the scene... but wait!!!!! Now, some stories are complicated, some stories have a simple plot, and some are in between. But nearly all stories can be followed by using a story map. It's a lovely place called Treegap. Our story starts in the first week of August in the year 1890. At the end of the story, (and I mean the very end,) It will be the year of 1950. The story happens at the Tucks' house, Winnie's front yard, the jail, and the Fosters' wood. Who are these people? (Prezi made by Gabby Kindig) Let's start with the Major Characters, Shall we? This is a shorter story, and nearly every character brought into it by Natalie Babbitt plays an important role. There are not very many extra characters. Each one serves a purpose. But the biggest major character is Winnie Foster. We'll get back to her with more detail in a little while. But she's a unique 10-almost-11-year-old girl who plays a major part in this story. Also important roles are Winnie's mom and grandmoher. Despite the fact that they aren't perhaps in a lot of the story, they are important because of how they shaped the story. They made Winnie the way she is, and so they're important in that way. Another incredibly important character is the man in the yellow suit, who I believe is never given a name. He's the one that nearly ruins everything. The sheriff is also a major character. And lastly, the family who gave the book it's name, the Tucks. Mae tuck is the mother, and is a jolly round woman. Angus Tuck is the father. He's mostly known as Tuck. He's gentle and quiet and worn. Miles is the elder son. He's sensible and practical. His younger brother Jesse is more wild, and friendly and a live-in-the-moment sort. He's 17. But what about the minor charcters? The minor characters include the following people and animals. There is the toad. There is the dog that tries to eat the toad at the end of the book. There is Anna, who is Miles's daughter. She's mentioned a couple of times and she's very important to Miles, though she isn't involved too much in the main plot. There's also Miles's son and wife and her family. And then lastly, there's papa. You would think he would be in with mom and grandmother in the main characters, but I didn't even know he was in the story until about half way through, so he's not too big a role. Now I've talked a little about plot... but what is it? By dictionary definition, it is a plan, a purpose. Well, it's actually quite a few other things too, but that's what it means in this context. My English teacher says that it's a series of related events that make up a story.A plot generally has main events, a conflict and a resoloution. A conflict is a problem and a resoloution is the soloution. Oh, and there's also the climax, which is the exciting part. I'm not going to tell you what that is, you have to read the book. In this story there are a couple of conflicts, but the main conflict is that no one can find out about the eternal spring in the forest. If they do they must be stopped from telling AT ALL COSTS! There are about 13 events of great significance I think.
1. Winnie decides to go out in the forest for the first time.
2. Winnie meets Jesse
3. The Tucks grab her and ride away on horses.
4. They tell her their story.
5. The man in the yellow suit overhears, then follows them, steals the horse and then rides back to town to tell Winnie's family and the sheriff.
6. Tuck talks with Winnie about the wheel of life.
7. The sheriff arrives at the Tucks' house just as Mae is hitting the man in the yellow suit over the head.
8. The man in the yellow suit dies.
9. Mae is put in jail with a sentence to be hanged, and Winnie is returned home.
10. Jesse and Winnie make a plan to break out Mae, and it's at this time that Winnie is given a bottle of spring water and then the dog comes to try and eat the toad but Winnie shoos the dog away and pours the spring water over the toad so it lives forever. I'm not entirely sure how exactly, but I think this symbolizes some change in Winnie. The changes in Winnie are all pretty subtle. They're hard to pick out sometimes.
11. Winnie and Mae switch places in prison.
12. Mae escapes.
13. I can't tell you because it will ruin the ending if you haven't read it yet and technically it's part of the epilougue and not the actual story. But if you really wanna know and you don't mind spoilers... Mae and Tuck come back to treegap several years later only to find that Winnie got married, had kids and then died in an electrical fire. It was an abrupt and sad ending. So, I said we'd get back to Winnie Foster, right? Winnie's an interesting person. She feels love for the Tucks, as well as her family. She wants to make a difference in the world, to do something important. She is scared at night at the Tucks' house. She doesn't like fishing. She loves her forest, all the new life, and having friends. She has very mixed feelings about everything throughout the story. As far as appearance goes, Winnie wore a dress, stockings and boots. she's 10 years old, almost 11. i imagine her with blue eyes, shoulder length straight brown hair, pale skin and freckles, thin, and a bit short. i don't agree with the movie casting for her. or, really any of the movie castings for any of them. But I'm not here to be a movie critic. I'm just here to tell you about a book and at the same time try to subtly implant in your mind that the books are always better and that alot of movies do their casting wrong. But back to the point. But I'm not here to be a movie critic, I'm here to tell you about a book, while at the same time subtly implant in your mind that books are always better then movies, and that alot of movies get casting wrong. But back to the point... What Winnie did:
She helped friends out, made a difference, discovered a new world, and a new way of living. "I'm not exactly sure what I'd do, you know, but something interesting- something that's all mine. Something that would make some kind of difference in the world."
-Winnie Some quotes: "Why, heck, Winnie, life's to enjoy yourself, isn't it? What else is it good for? That's what I say."
-Jesse What she thought:
"Winnie herself was speechless. She clung to the saddle and gave herself up to the astonishing fact that, though her heart was pounding and her backbone felt like a pipe full of running water, her head was fiercely calm. Disconnected thoughts presented themselves one by one, as if they had been waiting their turn in line. 'So this is what it's like to ride a horse,-I was going to run away today anyway,-what will they say when I'm not there for breakfast,-I wish the toad could see me now,- that woman is worried about me,-Miles is taller than Jesse,-I'd better duck if I don't want this next branch to knock me off." The resoloution of this story is that everyone who knows about the eternal spring either keeps the secret or ends up dying. I don't think that's such a good resoloution, but it works, so... Also, another solution to another conflict is that Mae and Winnie switch places in jail . More on that later. So, let's pretend to be an English major and do some comparing. My brother is an English major and I hear English majors do alot of analyzing and comparing. So. Let's compare some characters! Now, I could pick any character in any book, but for the sake of unusuality, let's compare Winnie Foster, and Winnie the Pooh. (I used to love Winnie the Pooh.) Winnie and Winnie are both pretty gentle and they both like nature. Both characters live near a forest, or to be more accurate, a wood. They both have the same sort of friends too, in a way. They have a kind of worn, sad, friend. For Winnie the Pooh, his friend is Eyore. For Winnie Foster, it's Angus Tuck. They also have a sort of stern, prim friend who likes things orderly. For Winnie the Pooh, it's Rabbit, for Winnie Foster it's her mother and grandmother. In the book, Winnie Foster and her mother and grandmother actually don't get along too incredibly well, and I'm not sure how many other people would count them as friends, but they're family, they care for each other and they are going to be there for each other when they really need it, so that's essentially a kind of friendship. The biggest similarity between the two Winnies is that both their names are Winnie. Then there are the differences. Winnie the pooh Winnie foster He's a bear.
He really likes honey.
He for sure likes climbing trees.
He has free run of the wood.
He's a boy. She's a human girl.
Until her adventure with the Tucks, she had hardly ever left her yard.
She's never gotten the chance to see if she likes climbing trees.
She sometimes has mood swings.
She's a girl. So, also there are some words in the book that might confuse you.
One word might include "Parson." Just so you know, it means a good person, someone who never does wrong. Well, it actually means a member of the clergy, the same as a priest or a pastor. But it's used to mean the first definition. An antonym would be a criminal or a wrongdoer.


Sentence: (Not from the book!) She's a would never even think of making trouble," said Billy Bob Joe the third. parson, So, now that we know the strange word, that is all else i can say. i hope that this has been informative and interesting for you. :-) The end And then, there's one more part of plot. It's called the theme, which is a message from the author about life. There are a couple of themes in this story. They can all mostly intertwine as a theme about life, death, love and change. A big part of the story is playing with the idea of immortality and mortality. The theme in this is that we need to have a circle of life. Without it, the world would be ruined. Life is about being born, living, and eventually dying, and when the circle is interrupted, everything is messed up. Also important is love. Throughout the book Winnie learns about love. She comes to love the Tucks, and because of that love, she is faced with difficult decisions. But in the end, she makes the right decisions to do the right thing, even though it's considered wrong by everyone else. Review! I really liked Tuck Everlasting. I wanted to take it home and read it, but if I had, it would have been finished in two days and I would have nothing to do in class. My best friend read it in her English class and said it was good and so I decided that I would read it. I also thought the idea of the book was interesting. What would it be like if there really was an eternal spring? In the ever-changing world today, how would a spring that keeps everything the same work? I personally agree with the author that it would end disasterously and horrible. I can't imagine everyone living forever. It's not the way it's supposed to work. Like Winnie, given the choice, I would choose natural life. But this book was good in that it made me think, and it brought up interesting things. I would reccomend this book. It was also well-written.
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