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Basic Information Story Title: The Invention of Hugo Cabret Author: Brian Selznick Meaning of the Title: Theme: Survival
Exposition Characters: old man (Papa Georges), Hugo, father, Isabelle, Uncle Claude, Station Inspector Setting: 1930s, train station, Paris Mood: Mysterious, Suspenseful Point of View: 3rd Person Limited
Conflicts Man vs Man: Hugo and Papa Georges Man vs Man: Hugo and Station Inspector Man vs Self: Hugo and his feelings (sad, lonely) Man vs Technology: Hugo and the clocks Man vs Technology: Hugo and the automaton
Rising Action • Hugo steals mouse/old man steals notebook • Hugo tries to get notebook back • Hugo visits Isabelle to try to get notebook back • Flashback • Hugo and his dad were working on the automaton • Hugo’s dad dies in the museum fire (accident) and Hugo goes to live with Uncle Claude in the train station • Uncle Claude disappears and Hugo begins to repair the automaton • Hugo collects his Uncle’s paychecks, but does not cash them; he also takes care of the clocks.