The setting of a story is the place where the story takes place. The story describes the narrator's experience in a barber's shop.
First person pronouns are used throughout the story. For example:
- "I got shaved this morning as usual."
- " I hurried up ..."
- "I sat down ..."
"Solicitude" means worry or concern.
"...my interest grew to solicitude" --> "...my solicitude rose to anxiety."
" ... and I rose indignant and quitted the shop, to keep from falling into the hands of No. 2 ..."
i: "I said meekly that I was in a hurry ..."
iii: "I said I didn't not want it trimmed."
iv: The fact that "I" decided to go to his funeral shows a tinge of sympathy.
A. Exposition is the first part of the plot sequence in a story. It provides the background information of the story, e.g. the characters and setting.
B. Rising action is the event leading up to the climax, in which the conflict builds up.
C. Climax is the major turning point of the story where the tension or action reaches its highest.
D. Resolution is the part of the story where the main conflict is resolved or worked out.
A plot twist is a literary technique that introduces a radical change in the direction or expected outcome of the plot.
Extension: Think and Share
10. How would you describe the narrator (i.e. "I") in the story? Would you like to make friends with him? Why or why not?
11. How do you deal with people who you can't stand? Share your tips and advice with your peers.