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The Sound of Hollyhocks

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Lucy Yang

on 16 October 2013

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Transcript of The Sound of Hollyhocks

THE SOUND
OF
HOLLYHOCKS

Hugh Garner
Born in Batley, Yorkshire England.

His theme for his writing is working class Ontario, and a realistic genre, which is best shown in his “Cabbagetown” novel.

Focuses on the victimization of workers as he reflects his socialist routes.

Won Governor General’s Award in 1963 for his collection of short stories entitled “Hugh Garner’s best stories”.
SETTING
During a winter in the 1950s

In the “Pinehills” Clinic, a mental recovery hospital
PLOT
Feb. 22,1913 -Jun. 30,1979
EXPOSITION
Wilf and William become roommates and friends
RISING ACTION
William experiences many blackouts
Many references to "Bitch of Belsen" and flowers
Wilf pieces together William's past life
CLIMAX
William has some recovery, parents visit him
Has blackout that night, mentions "Bitch of Belsen" and hollyhocks speaking negatively
Attacks a staff member
FALLING ACTION
William is taken down by security
Injected with sleeping medication
RESOLUTION
Wilf wakes up that night from strange noises
Goes to restroom, sees William hung dead by a belt
SANDRA & HELEN
WILF ARMSTRONG
MRS. RANSON
WILLIAM RANSON
CHARACTERS
Flat characters
Narrator
Protagonist
static character
Antagonist
Static character
Protagonist
Indirect characterization
Dynamic character
CONFLICTS
PERSON VS. PERSON
PERSON VS. SOCIETY
PERSON VS. SELF
The drunks and people with mental disorders
William struggles to maintain his sanity
William hears flowers talk in his head
William fighting with his mother about marrying Sandra
William going crazy and attacking the nurses and attendants
William needs to marry Sandra in secret because his mom does not approve of Sandra
HOLLYHOCKS
A repeat bloomer, blossoms throughout the summer and set out in the winter.

Funnel Shaped.

Has sturdy stems that are strong and firm.

Outshines other flowers with its height and its fabulous appearance in various colours


Can grow in harsh conditions yet not in rich soils
HOLLYHOCKS
BITCH OF BELSEN
SYMBOLS
Hatred
suppressed emotions
Cruelness of William Ranson's mother
Please give us an A
POINT OF VIEW
First person limited omniscient
Why does the author chose this point of view?
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME
any questions?
By: Jonathan Ng, Sunny Huang, Kenneth Liu, Jacky Long, Lucy Yang
Have you ever had situations when you totally disagree with major decisions made for you by your parents? Did you follow or ignore the decisions?
BRAINSTORM & DISCUSS WITHIN YOUR GROUP!
THEME
PARENTS' OPINIONS AND DECISIONS CAN EASILY INFLUENCE CHILD'S LIFE.
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