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The Selfish Giant Short Story

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"The Selfish Giant" Prezi By: Jacki Schoening Foreshadowing: Plot: Setting: Tone: Irony: Characterization: Point of View: Conflict: Figurative Language: There was a giant that lived in a big palace that had been visiting a friend for the past seven years. During that time the children in the town played in his lovely garden filled with flowers and singing birds everyday. When he returned he forced the children out of his garden and built a wall around it, so he could have the garden all to himself. The giant was very selfish so winter came upon his house and didn't leave for an entire year. Then one day, he looked out his window and saw that the children had crept into his garden and caused spring to come. The giant helped this one special little boy climb a tree and the little boy kissed him and loved him and the giant loved him back. The little boy never returned...for a long time the giant kept playing with the children until he became to old. One day when he was alone he saw that one little boy he loved nailed to the tree in the garden at first he was upset, but when he talked to him he invited him to come to paradise with him. The next day the other children found the giant dead on the ground covered with flowers. The setting of the story takes place in the giants beautiful, peaceful garden outside of his huge castle. Theme: The author wants you to learn that being selfish doesn't help you. You should learn to share and be nice to others. Dramatic Irony: In the beginning the children are playing in the giants garden when he is away. Situational Irony: At the end of the story when the little boy comes back. You wouldn't suspect that he was sent from heaven to help the giant. Also, you wouldn't guess that the giant would choose to die and go to a better place with the little boy. The Giant- At the beginning he was very selfish and wouldn't let any children play in his garden. By the end he learned not to be selfish and that sharing and showing kindness is the ultimate happiness. In the story the author says "He was a very selfish giant" (Wilde 1). This was direct characterization. Later in the story the giant says ' "How selfish I have been! It is your garden now little children" '( Wilde 3) This is indirect characterization, the audience now knows the giant is not selfish anymore. The little boy- Throughout the story the little boy doesn't change much. He is there to help the giant do better with his life. He taught him that love and kindness are the most important things in life. ' "You let me play once n your garden, today you shall come with me to my garden, which is paradise." '(Wilde 5). This is indirect characterization because the audience has to infer that the giant has now done his good in the world for his life. This story is written in third person limited. You only hear the thoughts of the giant. "It sounded so sweet to his ears, it seemed to him the most beautiful music in the world." (Wilde 2) I think he chose the view because it lets you know details about the giant and makes you feel what he is feeling and help you imagine the story better. "He saw a most wonderful sight." (Wilde 3). Wilde telling us this makes us imagine our opinion of a wonderful sight and makes us feel more connected to the story. Alliteration- "He rattled and the roof and ran round and round..." (Wilde 2) Simile- "And his breath was like ice" (Wilde 2) When the Giant says ' " How I would like to see him" (Wilde 4) the author also foreshadowed that the little boy would return later in the story by saying "but the little boy whom the giant loved was never seen again" (Wilde 4). Bibliography: Pictures: https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPPv0d3npk998_7J9qVCPptFLp41oGvdX8oRIKba7C4lP0jkZwaQ http://www.pspgo1.com/upload/2011-09/110928151792542.jpg http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/317/c/6/a_giant_cartoon_by_adidasandpie-d32sufj.jpg The tone of the story is cheerful. The giant learns his lesson about sharing his garden with the children. By the help of a little boy, at the end of the story the giant helps the little boy by going to his garden paradise. 1.) The first conflict is when the children are playing in the garden when the giant is away. Once he comes back he is very upset and yells at the children. ' "My garden is my own garden, no one shall play in it but myself." So he built a high wall and put up a sign that says "Trespassers will be prosecuted." ' (Wilde 1) 2.) Another conflict in this story is when the giant sees the boy he loves nailed to a tree in his garden and he is incredibly angry. "Who hath dared to wound thee, tell me, that I may take a big sword to him." (Wilde 6) By: Oscar Wilde
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