Short Stories - Literary Devises Title: Identities
Point of View: 3rd person
Protagonist: the man - unshaven
What type of character is the Protagonist?
Dynamic/ round character
Antagonist: Society/ himself
Describe the setting
The setting starts out to be a peaceful, friendly, safe neighborhood. As he drives, the neighborhood changes and appears poor, unkept and dangerous for outsiders.
Type of Conflict:
Describe the main conflict:
Man vs. society because in his neighborhood, he seems to want to get away from the norm and what is usually done. It could also be man. vs. himself, in his struggle to find who his true identity is.
Describe the Climax of the Story:
The climax is when the police officer pulls him over and mistakes the man for a bad guy. THe cop shots the man, this is the climax.
How does the Protagonist change over the course of the story?
When he is in the other neighborhood, he realizes what’s truly important to him and tries to contact his wife.
Describe the relationship between the title and the theme. (theme - misperceptions/judging/thankfulness)
The man is trying to find his identity, and how he judges other people (stereo-typed), and in turn he's mistaken for someone he's not.
How does the main conflict help to illustrate the theme?
The main conflict helps illustrate the theme by showing us that by judging people we could be judged as well, be mistaken for someone else.
How does the climax help to illustrate the theme?
He starts to realize who he is, who his real idenitiy is. Just when he figures out what really matters to him, the cop mistakes him for someone else, someone opposite of who he is.
Give examples of each of the following literary terms in the story (use quotes):
Simile: “Paper clogs the fence like drifted snow.”
Metaphor: “... but the promise of a Saturday liquid with sunshine.."
Personification: “Annoyance will have blossomed into alarm.”
Foreshadowing (give both elements): The store front window lit the sidewalk like a stage
Describe the relationships between the class theme and the story.