Last class, our teacher Dani, diveded us on groups of , 4/5 people each, and gave each group a different task. I worked with Gonzalo Irazusta, Oliverio Llobet, Marcos Okecki and Ramiro Aizpiri. We had to make a full analisis of paragraph 1 and 2 of the story we had read called «Sredni Vashtar».
This is our analysis:
Paragraph 1 & 2:
“Conradin was ten years old, and the doctor had pronounced his professional opinion that the boy would not live another five years. The doctor was silky and effete, and counted for little, but his opinion was endorsed by Mrs. de Ropp, who counted for nearly everything. Mrs. De Ropp was Conradin’s cousin and guardian, and in his eyes she represented those three-fifths of the world that are necessary and disagreeable and real; the other two-fifths, in perpetual antagonism to the foregoing, were summed up in himself and his imagination. One of these days Conradin supposed he would succumb to the mastering pressure of wearisome necessary things—such as illnesses and coddling restrictions and drawn-out dullness. Without his imagination, which was rampant under the spur of loneliness, he would have succumbed long ago.
Mrs. de Ropp would never, in her honestest moments, have confessed to herself that she disliked Conradin, though she might have been dimly aware that thwarting him «for his good» was a duty which she did not find particularly irksome. Conradin hated her with a desperate sincerity which he was perfectly able to mask. Such few pleasures as he could contrive for himself gained an added relish from the likelihood that they would be displeasing to his guardian, and from the realm of his imagination she was locked out–an unclean thing, which should find no entrance.”
- Description of the paragraph, what is happening: this paragraph is the first of the story. It introduces us that the story is about a boy, named Coradin, who’s 10 years old and that has only 5 years of life due to an illness. He has a cousin called Mrs De Ropp, who’s in charge of him, as it is written in the story, she’s his “guardian”. It’s shown that he hated her a lot and he didn’t want to be with her.
- Element of Instability: in this first paragraph an element of instability is shown. it is Conradin’s cousin, Mrs De Ropp. We can say this because Conradin really hated her, to the point he wanted her to be dead. We can see this through this quotation that is present in the first paragraph, “but his opinion was endorsed by Mrs. de Ropp, who counted for nearly everything. Mrs. De Ropp was Conradin’s cousin and guardian, and in his eyes she represented those three-fifths of the world that are necessary and disagreeable and real”. How much he disliked this woman ?? and it’s also shown that his thoughts are influenced by her. Analyse evidence further. Which words are key? Why? What effect?
- Imagination: in this paragraph we can see that imagination is an essential point in this story because, the protagonist, is a very imaginative boy and many of the decisions he takes are influenced by his imagination. Here is a quote where we can see that imagination will be present in the story, “Without his imagination, which was rampant under the spur of loneliness, he would have succumbed long ago” Here we can see that imagination is very important because without his imagination Conradin would have “succumbed”, which means die, a long time ago. His imagination is the one who keeps him alive. check repetition
- Third person limited: we can see that this paragraph is written in thirdfirst person limited. We need the story to be aligned with limited in conradin because we need to see his point of view, what he thinks. If the story wasn’t wouldn’t be limited to Conradin’s thoughts we wouldn’t know his feelings towards Mrs De Ropp, we wouldn’t know that he hates her so much and without this in the story there it wouldn’t be any tension. Also, we couldn’t see how imaginative he is and imagination is an essential element very important fact in the story.
- Repression: we can see repression of feelings all throughout. “ Mrs De Ropp would never, in her honestest moments, have confessed to herself that she dislike Conradine” In this quotation we can see how Mrs De Ropp represses her hate for Conradine because it wasn’t well seen to hate your nephew. She kept her feeling in the “Sheed” of her mind where unclean and old stuff you don’t want people to see are repressed.
- Imagination In the second paragraph we can see how far Conradin’s hate for Mrs.de Ropp increases along the story. Also he thinks that Mrs de Ropp hates him as much as he does. This is because she is bad tempered with him and the boy takes it to one extentd in which he believes she hates him.
- What is happening in the paragraph: In the second paragraph of the story expresses talks about the hate between Conradin and Mrs. De Ropp, both imagine that the other person hate him. We are not sure about this but we imagine it.