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"We Have to Sit Opposite" By Ethel Wilson
Transcript of "We Have to Sit Opposite" By Ethel Wilson
"We Have to Sit Opposite"
By Ethel Wilson
Canadian women are taking a train to Munich
They sit across from an annoying German family: the father, mother and daughter
The German family continue to insult the Canadian women
The women are extremely angry
The canadian sink down to their level
Eventually, the fighting stops
Both parties are asleep until they reach Munich
Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on January 20, 1888
Mother died during her second childbirth
Younger brother died soon after
Brought to England by father, raised to 9 when father died
Left in care of Ethel's maternal grandmother
Moved to Vancouver B.C.
Received her teaching license
Married Wallace Williams in 1921
"Innocent Traveler" was her first published novel
Her husband died in 1966
Then soon after Ethel suffered a stroke
Could no longer write
Died December 20, 1980
- Argument between the Canadian ladies and the German family
. Self -
The two ladies fighting their temptation to become like the German family and to lose sense of self-dignity and moral.
- Fighting societies norm/sexism
Can you find another conflict?
Carriage of a train
Austria to Germany
Map of Germany and Austria
(limited to the minds of the
Point of view
Third person Limited
Ethel Wilson... WHO?
The Canadian women are:
usually "clinging vines"
elegant young women from the upper class
tell various lies throughout the story
This German family is:
controlled by the german husband who is described as the "blue tooth" man (caused by Parkinson's disease)
they whisper about the canadian women to themselves
The description of the carriage, the German family, and the Canadian women
- the women are forced to move their bags so that it will “fall on them instead’ and the man questions the women.
- The women try to get back at the family and begin making up ridiculous lies to answer all of their questions
Mrs. Forrester tells the final lie about the state dentist, which is a direct insult towards the man
- no longer lies about trying to seem sophisticated, makes them sound childish
-Feeling foolish and agitated the women fall asleep
They arrive to Munich and wake up. No further resolution
WHO WANTS A PRIZE?
1. Where are the German family and the Canadian women headed to?
3.When did the story take place?
4. Canadian women are ________ characters (fill in the blank).
- Germany vs the world(WW2)
2. When was the climax?
Leading up to the breakout of the second World War
When the women are trying to make up senseless lies to get even with the German family
of the fighting between the young women and the german man
- very sophisticated choice of words used to further represent the atmosphere (higher-class, stuck up, unnatural tension)
-The way the German woman grooms her husband is referred to as “Like a cat” by Mrs. Forrester.
- The german family represents German culture and the "german way" of thinking, sexism
- When the people were "waking up" at the end, it symbolized that the people were realizing their mistakes.
5. What is "blue tooth" caused by?
"blue teeth" can be caused by Parkinson's disease
Why did they have to sit opposite?
The relationship between the German family, Mrs. Montrose, and Mrs. Forrester can be seen as the political relationship between Germany and the world at that time. Whispers and talks of world domination with a strong sense of nationalism.
Being the Clinging vines that they are...
They felt adventurous and successful without their husbands being there, suggesting that they've never traveled without them before
Newly found independence emphasizes inexperience within speaking and committing actions for themselves
therefore, their lies were caught by the German family
Their lies were not as believable or magnificent as they thought them to be
Mrs. Forrester: "What of a world in which this (german family) mentality might ever become dominant? Then one would be confined with it without appeal or relife. The thought was too shocking." pg. 150
Gender equality stereotyping
"Horridness just breeds horridness"
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