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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Topic 10: Plot and theme

Post the plot and theme summaries that you just wrote in class. Leave out any names, so that others can guess which story it is..

86 comments:

  1. This fairy is about an unhappy, young girl living with her evil stepmom and her two stepsisters. The girl works as a maid for them, and they don’t treat her like a part of the family. In the end she gets married to a prince, and they live happily ever after.

    It’s about never giving up on your dreams, being brave, having faith, and fighting for what you love.

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  2. Plot
    It's about a girl who grows up with an evil stepmother and ends up marrying a prince.
    Theme
    The theme in the story is that you should treat people the way you would like to be treated

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  3. It’s about three goats who have to cross a bridge to eat grass. There lives a troll under the bridge who wants to eat them. The biggest goat spear out the eyes of the troll, and they live happily ever after.

    One of the themes in the fairytale is to never give up on your dreams. Fight for you beliefs and stay strong.

    Thea & Ane

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  4. a) This story is about three goats that have to cross a bridge to change grassing land because of the season. On their journey crossing the bridge in order of their size, from the smallest to the biggest, they get in complications with a troll under the bridge.

    b) The story is about that greediness. If you have something don’t let it go and wait for something better to come around, because greediness will come and hit you back.

    elise

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    1. The Three Billy Goats Gruff :) Thea&Ane

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    2. What a great way to sum up this fairytale! It really made me want to read this story, and you write very interesting and exciting.

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  5. It’s a story about a boy that summons a demon to steal a powerful amulet, but the demon grabs every chance he has to kill the boy. The demon finally gets the amulet for the boy, and the corrupt president is sucked into his own black hole.

    The theme is about the seek for power and control and the revenge for humiliation.

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  6. Plot
    It's about the chosen one, which is a wizard, and his fight against the dark side.
    Theme
    It's about facing your biggest fear in life, and fight for what you want, either if it is love or politics.

    Kaja og Bendik

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  7. She is a girl who lives by her evil stepmother and cousins. A day, she meets a fairy, which changes her life. On the night after that day, she leaves to a ball and meets her prince of her dreams. She runs off, but the prince finds her shoe on the stairs. Afterwards he travels all around his kingdom and tries to find the girl with a foot which matches the shoe. At the end, he finds her and the live happy ever after.

    b) The story is about not to judge people while you see them at your first sight, because
    even a maid could become a princess at the end.

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  8. Plot:
    It is a story about a swan growing up in a duck family. The swan gets bullied by the other ducklings, because he doesn`t look like the others. He feels very lonely, so one day he runs away. After a long journey he discovers a swan family at a lake, and they looked exactly like him. Then he starts thinking about the duck family, that maybe he was a swan, and that`s why he felt so lonely all the time. Then he decides to stay with the swan family.

    Theme:
    It`s about growing up and finding yourself. The story makes children understand how wrong bullying is, because someone looks a bit different. You get to understand how important a family is, and to have their support and love.

    Hanna and Andrine

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  9. Writing:
    a) The book and the movie are about a simple man with a low IQ but good intentions. He is running through his childhood with his best friend. His 'mama' teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny. He joins the army for service in Vietnam, finding new friends, he wins medals, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, starts a ping-pong craze, create the smiley, write bumper stickers and songs, donating to people and meeting the president several times. However this is all irrelevant to him who can only think of his childhood sweetheart, who has messed up her life. Although in the end all he wants to prove is that anyone can love anyone.
    b) The theme is to live life and not to give up on it; it is about managing the obstacles on one’s path and pulling yourself thought them, and that "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get."

    -Ida

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  10. This novel is about a man who happens to be told and experience the story of two family generations where it switch between the “old” story throughout several years, and the “new” story.

    This novel has many hidden themes. It’s about racism, social class, oppression of women and of course forbidden love. I’d say it’s also about choices and jealousy - even sometimes hate. In brief, it shows how doomed love can destroy two family generations.

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  11. a)There’s a man who just has been released from prison, and he’s on a lifetime trial time. From old habits he steals, and when his theft is reported to the authorities, he hides and changes the identity. For the rest of his life he’s hiding, and when things gets complicated he flee.

    b)The story’s about turning your life upside down, from hell to heaven. There is never too late, to try changing, both your life and your personality. Don’t judge people for their past, instead give them an opportunity to rebuttal.

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  12. SUMMARY:
    It’s about a university professor trying to save kidnapped cardinals and the whole city of Rome from a terrorist with a hidden bomb.
    THEME:
    It’s about the obligation of sacrificing everything, even one’s life, if it could save hundreds of thousands of others.

    Christian André

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  13. A)It’s about a professor discovering mysteries and paths in relation to some murders that occurs. This man goes through an exciting, though and near deathly journey.

    B)It’s about using one person’s special knowledge to help someone or figuring out his or her problem. A human being should be able to risk its life when a dear one is in trouble. It also tells us that there are hundreds of patterns hidden where you’re least expected to look.

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  14. a) This story is about three goats that have to cross a bridge to change grazing land, because of the season. On their journey crossing the bridge they walking in order of their size – from the smallest to the biggest, they get in complications with a troll under the bridge.

    b) The story is about the power of greediness. If you have something it isn’t necessarily clever to let it go and wait for something better, because greediness will always come and hit you back!

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    1. The three billy goats gruff :) Thea&Ane

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    2. wow I am so amazed by this extraordinary good plot and theme!

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  15. This story is about a very pretty and kind girl. She lives in the forest with seven dwarfs. The forest lies in a kingdom reigned by an evil queen, and she is very caught up with being the most beautiful lady in the country. To ensure this she regularly talks to her magic mirror but when one day it tells her that the girl is better looking, she decides something must be done.
    The queen therefore dresses up as an old woman, takes a basket of apples to her cottage in the woods and hands one to her. The girl is very grateful, but soon after the lady has left they discover that it was poisoned. She is cursed and cold as ice. Shortly after the prince comes riding by, and is horrified to learn what has happened. He kisses her, and as the curse would be broken only by true love the girl is brought back to life.

    This fairytale clearly states that love conquers all, and that inner beauty triumphs physical beauty.

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  16. is it the da vinci code?

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  17. a)It is 1775, and one man is traveling to Dover to meet a girl. He tells her that she is not an orphan as she had been told from a young age. He now says that he will travel with her to Paris to meet her father, who has recently been released from the Bastille. One doctor is housed in the Defarges' wine-shop and has lost his reason, but he starts to regain it when he meets his daughter and is transported back to London.


    b)Major themes: Resurrection, Class Struggle, fate, Doubles, Reversals and Inversions, family, Social Injustice.

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    1. The count of monte cristo
      -einer

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    2. Hint: france revolusjon

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    3. Is it "A tale of two cities?"

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    4. yes, stian!!

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  18. A) The Plot

    The story is about a boy living in Barcelona, one day he finds an old book in the “The Cemetery of Forgotten Books”. He become obsessed with the book and the author and we follow him through his search to find the answers of the author’s mystery death.

    B)The theme:
    The theme is about how literature can connect people and make bond that that will last a lifetime.

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  19. EINER
    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
    The story begins in new York city, following Prof. Arronax, the narrator of the story and his companions. Around the time, several ships report of sighting a giant monster that some believe is a giant narwhal attacking ships. At the last minute, the marine biologist and his company receives a last minute invitation to an expedition to find this mysterious creature.
    After some time the whale is found and the ship enters battle with the creature. The steering of the vessel takes a hit, and our three friends get thrown off board, finding themselves stranded on the back of the creature. To their surprise, they find the creature a metal construction. From that moment on, we follow Arronax and his friends around the world in the vessel of Capt.Nemo, the inventor and creator of this construction.
    The theme. The theme tells that nothing is what it seems to be, and that no one is as cruel as it might seem.

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    1. I know this one, but I can't remember the name :P

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    2. is it: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea ?
      - marius

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  20. a)The story is about three billy goats that has to cross a bridge to get hold of some fresh grass, the only problem is that it lives a very hungry and mad troll underneath.
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    b)The story is about change and how challenging and scary it can be, but it might turn out better and be worth the risk.

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    1. The three billy goats gruff :) Thea&Ane

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    2. The three billy goats gruff?
      Kaja og Bendi

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  21. Writing a: In the short story ****** we follow a *** called ****** on his quest throughout the fantasy world of ********. He finds a dragon egg and when it hatches it becomes his. He and his dragon then sets out in the world defeating enemies and helping the «*****».

    b. a boy growing up, facing your challenges, fighting for what you believe in, follow your dreams.
    - Marius

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  22. It’s about a detective who is trying to find a serial killer. He has a problem with alcohol and seems that it’s a lot that is against him, he also has a difficult relationship with him selves and other. He and his coworkers work all day and night to solve the mystery. Afterwards they find out that there were just women who were killed and that there is a big snowman outside their house.

    I think the theme in the book is about games. Because the murder always tries to find out new ways to kill, and trick the detective.

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  24. New book summary!
    It is about a girl traveling to Italy with her class. In Italy she becomes a superstar, and just when the unexpected is about to happen, she turn`s up being in love with her best friend!

    Themes: Love, fate, Social front.

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    1. is it The Lizzie McGuire Movie
      - marius

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    2. is it "Lizzy McGuire"

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  25. New book summary, nr.3.

    Ok, this book is a tricky one! The book is about a girl with no opportunities to ever speak out. One day in class she screams. She roars and stomps. And then she disappears...

    Any thoughts?

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    1. Additional hint: Favorite color is pink. And just pink.

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    2. One more hint! The book is written by a norwegian.

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