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The Open Window

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Who wrote this story?
Saki (Hector Hugh Munro)
What point of view is this story told in?
Third person
What are the two ways in which conflict can be developed in a story? Give an example of each from the story.
Internal - Mr. Nuttel suffers from anxiety external - Vera told tall tale(White Lie).
What is the exposition of the story?
Mr. Nuttel suffers from anxiety. He goes to the country to relax. His sister gives him letters of introduction because she is worried that he won't meet people. This causes him to go for a visit to the Sappleton's house.
Explain some elements that make up the rising action.
Vera comes to entertain Nuttel. She tells the story of the Great Tradegy. The aunt comes into the room. She tells Mr. Nuttel she is sorry she has the window open, because he husband is out hunting and muddy. Mr. Nuttel looks at Vera in sympathy and she sees the figures coming.
What is the climax of the story?
Mr. Nuttel sees 3 figures outside the window and thinks they are ghosts
Explain some elements that make up the falling action.
Mr. Nuttel runs away without saying good bye. Aunt asks why he responded that way.
What is the denouncement or resolution of the story?
Vera attributes Mr. Nuttel's quick exit to a fear of dogs- a fear based on Mr. Nuttel's prior experience with dogs.
Is suspense used in the story? If so how?
When Vera looks out the window and see the figures returning from hunting.
Why does Nuttel visit ?
Mr. Nuttel visits to deliver a letter
Why does Vera say the window is open?
her aunt is expecting her long-lost husband and brothers
What action of Vera's frightens Nuttel at the end of the story?
When Vera begins to look worried. Nuttel thinks it means she sees ghosts.
The narrator states that Vera is "a very self-possessed young lady of fifteen." What type of characterization is this? Give an example an example of how she shows this quality.
Direct Characterization. She is composed and controlled in her story telling. It leads people to believe her stories.
Identify two conflict patterns that occur in the story and gives evidence of each
Man v.s. Man which is Vera v.s. Mr.Nuttel and Man v.s. Self which is Mr. Nuttel v.s. Anxiety/Nervousness
Identify three themes from the story and give plot details that support each.
Don't believe everything you hear
Lying leads to more lies
Actions can have unintended consequences
Define situational irony.
a contrast between what the reader or character expects and what actually happens
What is the example of situational irony in the story?
When Mr. Nuttel went to the country to control his anxiety but made it worse which his sister said that it will get worse.
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