Objectives: Wednesday, 10/23/13 I can… • identify the mood of a short story by analyzing the author's use of words/phrases. • determine the resolution of a short story by analyzing the events and character actions in the stories. “The Third Wish” by Joan Aiken (pages 101-107)
Literary Elements • Mood: the overall feeling of a story (See page 859.) a. What are 3 examples of mood? b. How does a writer produce the atmosphere, or mood? 2. Resolution: final part of the story in which the conflict is resolved and the story is brought to a close. (See pp 869-870.) a. Do all stories have a traditional plot structure? b. What is a traditional plot structure? c. What is interesting about the resolutions in “The Landlady” and “Those Three Wishes”?
Answer the following questions from the PowerPoint on your green “Comparing Stories” Chart: “The Monkey’s Paw” “The Third Wish” Main character _________ What does he want? _________ First wish _________ (and consequences) _________ Second wish _________ (and consequences) _________ Third wish _________ (and consequences) _________ Mood of the story _________ How does the story end? _________ Lesson about life _________
1. What does Mr. Peters (THE MAIN CHARACTER) desire, or want? (page 103) Mr. Peters had most of the things which he wanted and was very content with his life. The only thing that troubled him was that he was a little lonely, and had no companion for his old age. He decided to use his first wish and to keep the other two in case of an emergency.
2. What is Mr. Peters’ first wish? (page 103) “I wish I had a wife as beautiful as the forest.”
3. What is the initial consequence of the first wish? (pp. 103-104) “Are you the wife that I wished for?” asked Mr. Peters. “Yes I am,” she replied. “My name is Leita.”
4. What is an unexpected consequence of the first wish? (page 104) She was weeping, and as he came nearer he saw that tears were rolling, too, from the swan’s eyes. “Leita, what is it?” he asked, very troubled. “This is my sister,” she answered. “I can’t bear being separated from her.” Now he understood that Leita was really a swan from the forest, and this made him very sad because when a human being marries a bird it always leads to sorrow.
5. What is Mr. Peters’ second wish? (page 105) He stooped down and kissed her goodbye, then took another leaf from his notecase, blew it out of the window, and used up his second wish.
6. What is the initial consequence of the second wish? (page 105) Next moment instead of Leita there was a sleeping swan lying across the bed with its head under its wing.
7. What is another consequence of the second wish? How does Leita feel about the second wish? (pages 105-106) …and then came up to him and rested her head lightly against his hand; next instant she was flying away over the trees toward the heart of the forest.
8. What is Mr. Peters’ third wish? (page 107)9. What is the consequence? In between his hands, which lay clasped on his breast, were a withered leaf and a white feather.
10. How does the story end? (page 108) Mr. Peters was found peacefully dead in his bed with a smile of great happiness on his face.
11. In the end how does Mr. Peters’ feel about turning Leita back into a swan? (pg. 108)[This is the resolution: Leita’s struggle as a human results in Mr. Peters’ turning her back into a swan.] In between his hands, which lay clasped on his breast, were a withered leaf and a white feather.
12. What is a lesson about life that can be learned from the story? HINT: What do we learn about true love? What does Mr. Peters’ actions tell us about loving another?
13. What is the mood of the story? Based on the life lesson learned and Mr. Peters’ desires and actions, what do you think is the overall feeling of the story? Use two details from the story to support your response.
Homework: Wednesday, 10/23/13 • Write a paragraph summary of “The Third Wish.” Remember to include ALL of the questions word responses. Please write clearly and reread your work for any mistakes. • Study your vocabulary words (#s11-30) for a test Friday.