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1 “And of Clay are We Created” Literary Terms Analysis

2 Plot The plot of a story is the sequence of events which unfold. Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created” Exposition

3 Plot The plot of a story is the sequence of events which unfold. Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created” A volcano erupts in South America. Exposition

4 Plot The plot of a story is the sequence of events which unfold. Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created” A volcano erupts in South America. Exposition Conflict

5 Plot The plot of a story is the sequence of events which unfold. Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created” A volcano erupts in South America. Exposition Conflict A little girl is stuck in the rubble.

6 Plot The plot of a story is the sequence of events which unfold. Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created” A volcano erupts in South America. Exposition Rising Action The water is cold, and the girl risks freezing. Conflict

7 Plot The plot of a story is the sequence of events which unfold. Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created” A volcano erupts in South America. Exposition Rising Action The water is cold, and the girl risks freezing. A newspaper reporter tries to free the girl, Azucena. Conflict A little girl is stuck in the rubble.

8 Plot The plot of a story is the sequence of events which unfold. Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created” A volcano erupts in South America. Exposition Rising Action The water is cold, and the girl risks freezing. A newspaper reporter tries to free the girl, Azucena. They are missing essential tools, and can’t get a pump. Conflict A little girl is stuck in the rubble.

9 Plot The plot of a story is the sequence of events which unfold. Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created” A volcano erupts in South America. Exposition Rising Action The water is cold, and the girl risks freezing. A newspaper reporter tries to free the girl, Azucena. Climax They are missing essential tools, and can’t get a pump. Conflict A little girl is stuck in the rubble.

10 Plot The plot of a story is the sequence of events which unfold. Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created” A volcano erupts in South America. Exposition Rising Action The water is cold, and the girl risks freezing. A newspaper reporter tries to free the girl, Azucena. Climax Rolf and the Azucena both give in to their fates. They are missing essential tools, and can’t get a pump. Conflict A little girl is stuck in the rubble.

11 Plot The plot of a story is the sequence of events which unfold. Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created” A volcano erupts in South America. Exposition Rising Action The water is cold, and the girl risks freezing. A newspaper reporter tries to free the girl, Azucena. Climax Rolf and Azucena both give in to their fates. Resolution They are missing essential tools, and can’t get a pump. Conflict A little girl is stuck in the rubble.

12 Plot The plot of a story is the sequence of events which unfold. Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created” A volcano erupts in South America. Exposition Rising Action The water is cold, and the girl risks freezing. A newspaper reporter tries to free the girl, Azucena. Climax Rolf and Azucena both give in to their fates. Resolution Azucena dies, and Rolf is overcome with grief and regret. They are missing essential tools, and can’t get a pump. A little girl is stuck in the rubble. Conflict

13 Plot The plot of a story is the sequence of events which unfold. Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created” A volcano erupts in South America. A little girl is stuck in the rubble. The water is cold, and the girl risks freezing. A newspaper reporter tries to free the girl, Azucena. They are missing essential tools, and can’t get a pump. Rolf and Azucena both give in to their fates. Azucena dies, and Rolf is overcome with grief and regret.

14 Conflict The conflict is the major “problem” that arises in the story. Conflicts are either internal (occur within the character’s own mind), or external (occur between the protagonist and an outside force). Internal ConflictsExternal Conflicts Rolf wants to help Azucena. Rolf feels frustrated at his inability to get help. Rolf can’t let go of his memories of a war-torn childhood. The narrator wants Rolf to be able to love her enough to open his emotions. Azucena is buried in rubble from the volcano. Rolf is unable to get Azucena free. Help and equipment are scarce at the disaster site. The cold and exposure kill Azucena. “And of Clay are We Created”

15 Major Conflict and Theme Major Conflict: The volcano trapping Azucena and eventually causing her death + Protagonist’s actions: Rolf ultimately failing to save Azucena and watching her sink to the bottom of the mudhole = Theme: Humanity is incapable of overcoming many catastrophes despite noble efforts.

16 Point-of-View The point-of-view is the vantage point from which a story is told. First-person narrators tell the story as though they are a character in the action “And of Clay are We Created” “Nothing could stop him, and I was always amazed at his equanimity in the face of danger and suffering; it seemed as if nothing could shake his fortitude or deter his curiosity.” Eva Luna acts as the narrator

17 Protagonist Rolf Carle is the protagonist, or main character, in the story “And of Clay Are We Created.” Why isn’t Azucena considered the protagonist? Isn’t she the one that most of the action centered around? While it is true that most of the action centered around Azucena, Rolf Carle is the one who faces the internal conflict and the agony of attempting, and failing, to save Azucena’s life. He is the character who is forced to face his past and the demons he tried to bury as a result of that traumatic childhood. The internal conflict that centers around Rolf Carle makes him the protagonist of this story.

18 Antagonist The antagonist in “And of Clay Are We Created” is nature: both the nature of the world, and the nature of human beings to sometimes focus more on the publicity of human suffering than on the victims themselves.

19 Mood The emotional atmosphere, or mood, of the story “And of Clay Are We Created” is very somber. The author’s style used vivid figurative language to convey the terror of Azucena’s and Rolf’s situations.

20 Tone The author’s tone, or attitude, towards human ability to contain the effects of catastrophes is bleak. The volcano erupted with no regard for the village or the people who suffered. Rolf was unable to help Azucena despite all of his efforts. The reporters were more interested in capturing the story than helping the victims.

21 Author’s Purpose The author’s purpose, or the reason she wrote this story, is to illustrate the indifference of nature, and sometimes even humans, to suffering.

22 Author’s Purpose The author’s purpose supports the theme. Author’s Purpose to illustrate the indifference of nature, and sometimes even humans, to suffering. Theme Humanity is incapable of overcoming many catastrophes despite noble efforts. Rolf’s inability to save Azucena, even though he tried everything in his power, illustrates this theme.


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