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  1. The Piece of String Guy de Maupassant

  2. Vocab • surmounted- to get on top of, prevail p. 1 • clamorous- vigorous in demands or complaints; loud outcry p. 1 • yokel- rustic, country bumpkin p. 1 • char-a-banc- wagon p. 1 • nag- an old horse p.1 • malice- desire to inflict injury, harm or suffering on another person p. 1 • rheumatism- disorder in back of arms/legs characterized by pain/ stiffness. p. 1 • Angelus- a series of prayers recited in morning, midday and evening p. 2 • denouncement- the outcome of a problem p. 4 • rogue- a dishonest or unprincipled man p. 4

  3. Reading • We will read the first paragraph of “The Piece of String” to understand the setting and ideas in the story.

  4. Themes • You can never be considered innocent by the public once accused of a crime. • Worrying about what others think about you will create your ruin. • Everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

  5. The Piece of String Themes • You can never be considered innocent by the public once accused of a crime. • Worrying about what others think about you will create your ruin. • Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Tie your piece of string to the rope that you feel is the more prominent theme in this story.

  6. Homework Help • Allusion- figure of speech that makes a reference to a place, person, or something that happened. Can be real/imaginary and may refer to anything, including paintings, opera, folk lore, mythical figures, or religious manuscripts. The reference can be direct or may be inferred. • Motif- a recurring subject, theme, idea Example: motif of a ‘handsome prince’ falling in love with a ‘damsel in distress’ and the two being bothered by a wicked step-mother/ evil witch/ beast and finally conquering all and living ‘happily ever after’ is a common motif.

  7. Theme 1 You can never be considered innocent by the public once accused of a crime.

  8. Theme 2 Worrying about what others think about you will create your ruin.