Presentation on theme: "An Old Man Guy de Maupassant. An Old Man 1. The author 2. The story 3. Keywords 4. The hero 5. The theme 6. His age 7. My 8. Solicitude 9. Last para."— Presentation transcript:
An Old Man Guy de Maupassant
An Old Man 1. The author 2. The story 3. Keywords 4. The hero 5. The theme 6. His age 7. My 8. Solicitude 9. Last para. 10. Vocabulary Your questions?
1. The author Maupassant was a popular 19th-century French writer and considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. In his later years he developed a constant desire for solitude, an obsession for self-preservation, and a fear of death and crazed paranoia of persecution. Maupassant's stories are characterized by their economy of style and efficient, effortless dénouement. Guy de Maupassant (5 Aug 1850 – 6 July 1893) Boule de suif ( Ball of Tallow), La Parure (The Necklace)
2. The story The story goes: …… Text type & text pattern Main ideas Structural diagram
Four Major Text Types Narration Description Exposition Argumentation a movie a picture a lecture a debate
Major Text Patterns Sequence / time Space Compare-contrast Advantage-dis. Cause-effect Problem-solution Sub-topics - -
Main ideas of paragraphs P 1-2The ad P 3-7His request P 8-10His characters P 11The list P 12-5First death P 16-21Second death P 22-3The left P 24-6Two deaths P 27-42Last death Paragraphs are related to each in different degrees with a part and a whole text. Details of the five deaths
Details of five deaths 1Rosaliechillweightstartrelief NoNameCauseExplanationReaction 2Henripleurisysillyupsetjoy 3N/Adysenterydiethighly amused 4N/Achokehearthighly amused 5Paulnone perplexreassure
Structural Diagram An Old Man Beginning Climax, coda Development complication Setting Last death Two deaths The left First death The list characters 2nd death The ad Characters
3. Keywords Death HealthAging Life Disease Treatment Obsession
4. The hero P3: A little old man of 86, still quite … P4: …if I am in good health, it is … P7: …wrinkled little hand. P8: …an obsessive fear of death P9: …a very special use of stressing the … P10: …other men as anything but puppets of a sort… ……
The theme Fear of death A pithy account of our unwillingness to accept that illness and death are largely beyond our control. A telling antidote to our present obsession with the power of the individual healthy lifestyle.
His age He went to infinite pains to conceal his age. Provide some evidence of his doing so. Why do you think he did so?
My M. Daron is determined to believe that he owns and can completely determine his body and his health, and, therefore, his death. This is emphasized by his speech, with its emphatic use of the word "my," as in "my life," "my arms," and even "my doctor." What do you think underlie his special use of my?
Solicitude However, beginning with the day when …, he felt a new interest awaken in his heart, an unfamiliar solicitude for these old people whom he was going to see fall by the wayside one by one. How do you interpret the two words?
Last paragraph Eighty-nine! So whatever it was, it wasnt old age. How did the old man feel when he said so? What did he feel this way?