Unit 4 Project- All That Glitters By: Amirah Alexandre, Grace Storey, Sophia Pendleton

The Necklace

Comprehension:

  1. At the beginning of the story, Madame Loisel is unhappy with her life because she feels that she has been born into the wrong family and social class. She feels as though she was meant to be in a wealthy family and have beatific things in life.
  2. Madame Loisel takes many steps to obtain her dress for the party including using the money that her husband had saved up for a gun to go hunting and asking her wealthy friend to borrow a necklace for the evening.
  3. Monsieur Loisel pays for the replacement necklace by using the money that he had been left by his father and taking up extra jobs like a copier. He sold many of his belongings as well.
  4. At the end of the story, Madame Loisel learns that the borrowed necklace was fake.

Unit Theme:

The Necklace reveals that greed can ruin not just your life, but the lives of those around you. Madame Loisel 's greed ends up keeping her and her husband in debt for 10 years.

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Character Analysis:

MADAME LOISEL
  • Dynamic or Statics: Static
  • Possession: Madame Loisel's most important possession is the neckalace. The whole story revolves around the necklace, and the events surrounding it.
  • Motivation: Madame Loisel's motivation throughout the story is paying off her debt. She is too prideful to admit what she had done, so she instead spends the rest of her life paying off the debt from losing the neckalace.
  • Major Event: The major event that causes a change in Madame Loisel is when she realizes she's lost the neckalace. After she and her husband realize they will not be able to find the neckalace, they decide to try and find an identical one. Once they do, they spend the rest of their days sacrificing everything to pay off the new neckalace.
MONSIEUR LOISEL
  • Dynamic or Static: Static
  • Possessions: Although not an item, the one person he values the most is his wife, Madame Loisel. Throughout the story, Monsieur Loisel does whatever possible to please his wife.
  • Motivation: His motivation in the novel is the same as his most valued person- his wife. In the beginning of the novel, Monsieur Loisel mentions the party to his wife only because he thinks she will enjoy it; he even spends 300 francs on a new dress for her so she will feel eloquently dressed.
  • Major Event: The major event that caused a change in Monsieur Loisel is the same as with Madame Loisel - when the neckalace was lost. Monsieur Loisel and his wife were forced to alter their whole lives just to pay off their debt.

Headline:

SHE WAS ONCE THE START OF THE BALL, YOU WONT BELIEVE WHAT SHE LOOKS LIKE NOW.

Civil Peace

Comprehension Check:

  1. The conflict that sets the scene for the story is the Nigerian Civil War.
  2. In exchange for the rebel money he had saved, Jonathan got to ensure his family's safety.
  3. The people that show up at Jonathan's door one night are thieves that extort money from people using threats. They demand that he gives them money that he had earned at work or they would kill his family.
  4. The morning after they are robbed, Jonathan and his family are comforted by friends and neighbors but they do not care about the money. They simply count their blessings and say that the money means nothing to them.

Unit Theme:

Civil Peace reveals that family and love are more valuable than any material possessions. Jonathan felt that money was not worth as much as the lives o his family, and was willing to give it up for them.

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Character Analysis:

JONATHAN
  • Dynamic or Static: Dynamic
  • Possession: Jonathan values his family the most. The narrator once even said- "He had come out of the war with five inestimable blessings—his head, his wife Maria’s head, and the heads of three out of their four children".
  • Motivation: Jonathan's motivation is his life to provide a comfortable life for his family. He works hard and gets his egg rasher simply so that he will have enough money to provide for his family.
  • Major Event: The major event that occurred was when Jonathan and his family got robbed, and their egg rasher was stolen.

Headline:

HOW ONE BIKE SAVED A NIGERIAN FAMILY

Avarice

Comprehension Check:

  1. In Avarice, the main character chews off seven buttons from her sister's christening gown.
  2. At the age of twenty-six, she counts eight engagement rings twelve times a day.

Unit Theme:

Avarice teaches us that the need for possessions can drive us to only care about material things, and it takes over one's life. The woman in the story does not think about how her greed will affect others, but only cares about getting things.

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Character Analysis:

MAIN CHARACTER
  • Dynamic or Static: Static
  • Possession: The main character is a young, selfish girl who takes pride in her beauty and possessions, specifically her 12 engagement rings. She is presumably a selfish girl from the time she is young to now, who has no regard for other people's feelings or things. i.e. "At six, she chewed off the seven porcelain buttons from her sister’s christening gown." She doesn't seem to care that it was her sisters, and only cares about her

The Good Life

Comprehension Check:

  1. The speaker is nostalgic for money. The physical feeling of hunger do I acted that period in the speaker's life.

Unit Theme:

The Good Life reveals that money and possessions are not everything, and can bring in a type of stress that one would not have if they did not have many possessions. Money and possessions are not the most important thing in the narrator life.

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Character Analysis:

SPEAKER
  • Dynamic or Static: Dynamic
  • Possession: The speaker does not have only one prized, but many, for once she lived in poverty and hunger. Now, however, she is fortunate enough to live "on roast chicken and red wine". It can be inferred that the leakers most prized possession, is The Good Life she is now living.

Money

Comprehension Check:

  1. People continuously go to the children's houses asking for help and money. The parents tell their children to save their money and not to spend it.

Unit Theme:

Money reveals that those with many possessions may look down upon those that do not, and it creates a system in which people do not help each other. Instead of helping the people that came to their door, the family in Money ignores them.

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Character Analysis:

MOTHER
  • Dynamic or Static: Static
  • Possession: The mothers most prized possession is her children. She cares for them. She disciplines and raises them well by teaching them how to properly use their money. She always buys things for them, and you can tell how deeply she cares for them- "She buys the children school supplies and food, she pays the two boys for mowing the yard together and weeding her flower bed. She gets a new sewing machine for her birthday from the children’s father, and she buys fabric and thread and patterns and makes dresses for the girls, to save money".
CHILDREN
  • Dynamic or Static: Static
  • Possession: The children's most prized possession are their money. Even though a small amount, they feel pride in themselves for their money. They feel adult-like with their money, and this excites them.-"The children felt proud to see their names in the passbooks, and wanted to know when they could take the money out."
SALES MAN
  • Dynamic or Static: Static
  • Possession: From what we have seen in the poem, the sales man is a young thin boy who has most pride in his Sales Program.
SALES WOMAN
  • Dynamic or Static: Static
  • Possessions: The sales woman is described as glassy-eyed and we can assume that her most prized possessions are the hand towels stitched by the blind people at the Lighthouse for the Blind.

The Golden Touch

Comprehension Check:

  1. King Midas is visited by a mysterious golden figure in his treasure room, similar to a god.
  2. This stranger grants King Midas the power to turn everything he touches to gold. The Golden Touch.
  3. The king's daughter is turned to gold when she hugs her father.
  4. The stranger helps the king reverse the curse of the golden touch by taking back the powers he gave the king and turning everything that was affected by the curse back to its original state. All but his daughter's hair which now had a hint of gold to it.

Unit Theme:

The Golden Touch reveals that possessions are not as important as family, and that greed can drive away what you truly love. King Midas accidentally kills his own daughter in his quest for gold, but then repents and realizes that gold is not the most important thing.

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Character Analysis:

KING MIDAS
  • Dynamic or Static: Dynamic
  • Possession: At first his most prized possessions are his gold and his daughter, later however, he realizes that his daughter is so much more important than all the gold in the world.
  • Motivation: Marigold is King Midas' motivation to become better, and stop putting so much pride in material things.
  • Major Event: The major event, which is also the climax of the story, is when King Midas touches his daughter, and accidently turns his beloved daughter to gold. It is then that he realises the real imoirtance in life doss not lie in material possessions, like gold.
MARIGOLD
  • Dynamic or Static: Static
  • Possession: Marigold values her father and the roses her father always gets her very much.
  • Motivation: Marigolds motivation throughout the novel is her father and his well being. She also looks forward to him bringing her a rose.
  • Major Event: The major Event that changes everything is when Marigold receives the gold rose from her father, and begins to sob because she has realized that he has changed. Also, when she is accidently turned to gold by her father.

Headline:

HOW ONE HUG, KILLED HIS DAUGHTER...

From King Midas

Comprehension Check:

  1. The palace clocks stop at the beginning of the poem because the king flicked the clock with his finger and the clocks instantly turned to gold.
  2. The pets in the king's household have been turned to gold statues at the king's touch to pet them because of his curse.
  3. At the end of "The King's Speech," Midas requests that the God, Dionysius, who gave him the golden touch to "change him back to clay." In other words, to take away his power.
  4. The queen gives her gardeners and huntsmen a list of what to kill and what to let live. Anything naturally golden in color or anything that her husband had turned gold could stay but other things must go.
  5. The queen views Midas as a fool who threw away his life and his wish as a valuable asset which she endorses and wishes that he live forever and turn everything to gold.

Unit Theme:

From King Midas reveals that different people have different views on possessions, and while one person may not value money as much, there will always be those that would do whatever it takes for greed.

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Character Analysis:

KING MIDAS
  • Dynamic or Static: Dynamic
  • Possession: At first his gold, but later his daughter is essentially the most important person in his life.

Credits:

Unit 4- All That Glitters Project

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