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Up the Slide
Transcript of Up the Slide
BY JACK LONDON
Up the Slide is by Jack London. He was born in 1876 and died in 1916. He was a popular novelist and short-story writer in his day. His stories include courage and adventure.
The setting of the story is based on a cliff. The cliff is covered in snow and ice. Making it hard for Clay to bring the firewood home. It states on that, "On the river side the mountain was scarred and gullied and and gored; and it was up one of these gores or gullies that Clay had seen the tree." (pg.316)
This is quote is saying that it was across difficult obsticales to get to the tree.
Point of View
Clay Dilham is the main character because he is
the one that is having the problem. Swanson is also
a main character even though he is barley in the story because he is the only other character that is mentioned in the text.
Clay is the protagonist because he is facing the problem. The problem he is facing is he needs to get dry firewood and he has to climb a giant snow covered mountain.
The cliff is the antagonist because it is giving the protagonist a problem by making it hard for him to get to the dry wood.
The point of view of the story is third person point of view limited. I know this because the text states,"This he succeeded in doing, although he lay quiet for a couple of minutes to get back his nerve." (pg.317) This shows third person limited because it is only focused on one person and his feelings.
The conflict of the story is between the cliff and Clay. They have a conflict because clay is trying to make it to a dry tree but he cant because the cliff is making it hard for him to even get close to the tree. I know this because the text states, "Each step became more difficult and perilous, and he was faint from exertion and from lack of Swanson's dinner." (pg. 318)
Muclucs- soft boot traditionally made of reindeer skin or sealskin
gullies- a water-worn ravine.
mushed- reduce (a substance) to a soft, wet, pulpy mass
cranny- a small, narrow space or opening.
mittened- Covered with a mitten or mittens.
Herculean- requiring great strength or effort.
predicament- a difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation.
sufficient- enough; adequate.
enterprise- a project or undertaking, typically one that is difficult or requires effort.
moccasins- a soft leather slipper or shoe
erect- rigidly upright or straight
buttresses- a projecting support of stone or brick built against a wall.
outcropping- a cropping out, as of a stratum or vein at the surface of the earth.
maddening- extremely annoying; infuriating.
contemplating- look thoughtfully for a long time at.
I think that the theme is that you should always be prepared for the worst. I think that this is the theme of the story because clay thought that this would be an easy 30 minute journey, but it turned out to be very difficult and he was not ready for it. This shows when the text states "A swift ten minutes over the ice brought him to the place, and figuring ten minutes to get the tree and ten minutes to return made him certain that Swanson's dinner would not wait." (pg 1.)
In this story there are many different types of literary techniques. One example is imagery, an example from the text is "Being dead, its weather-beaten gray so blended with the gray of rock that a thousand men could pass by and never notice it." Imagery is shown in this sentence because the author is painting a picture of the dead tree that he is going to harvest for fire wood. Another example of literary techniques in this story is personification, This is shown in the story by the following quote "The trees were all dead, dry and seasoned, having long since exhausted the thin skin of earth." (pg 1) This shows personification because it is saying that the earth has a skin.
The literature book in class.
we also used this webcite to look at the book. http://www.jacklondons.net/writings/ShortStories/up_the_slide.html
I think that the mood of the story is suspense. I think this because us as the reader basically know that something bad is going to happen when he goes out looking for fire wood. We are just waiting for it to happen. I think that this is the quote that gives away that the mood is suspense "When Clay Dilham left the tent to get a sled-load of fire-wood, he expected to be back in half an hour" (pg 1) I think that this is giving us a hint as to that he is going to have problems trying to get to the fire wood.
The exposition of the story is when Clay goes off and get dry firewood and then finds a dead pine tree. The rising action of the story is where Clay has to climb the cliff to get to the pine tree. The climax of the story that you believe that Clay is going die but he doesn't. The falling action of the story is that Clay has to go through more obstacles on his way down the hill and once again we believe that Cliff could die. The resolution of the story is that in the end Cliff sells the wood and makes a great profit.