Category Archives: Stories of Ourselves (from 2013)

At Hiruharama by Penelope Fitzgerald (notes)

This short story is about a man and his wife’s life. Mr. Tanner meets with Kitty at a store and they get married. When Tanner learns that Kitty is pregnant, he gets surprised. He starts to do some calculations about … Continue reading

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HER FIRST BALL (1921)

Mansfield, brought up in New Zealand, was a notable writer of short stories. Get students to explore the ways in which Mansfield presents Leila’s thoughts and feelings before and during the ball. It would be useful to consider the way … Continue reading

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Her First Ball (Student Notes)

It is about a country girl called Leila who has never been to a ball. Her cousins invited her to a ball and she got very excited. She was very unexperienced about city life and balls. An interesting night was … Continue reading

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My Greatest Ambition (Student Notes)

It is about a boy who wants to be a comic-strip artist one day. He explains his friend’s attitudes towards his job in first person narration. He draws his first comic and sent to a magazine for publication with the … Continue reading

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Custody of the Pumpkin (Use of Humour)

Themes: obsession, Ambition,priority social class difference humuiliation prejudice materialism arrogance sarcasm and humour Ways that creates the humour: Use of similes:(like an elderly leopard, like a fish, like a setter… etc.) It helps to understand the characters better by indirect … Continue reading

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Custody of a Pumpkin (Plot)

This story is about a Lord, who just thinks of his pumpkins, instead of his son. English upper-class society reflects the author’s birth, education and youthful writing career. Lord Emsworth, the protagonist sees his son kissing a girl who is … Continue reading

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Custody of Pumpkin (Characterisation)

Lord Emsworth: fluffy minded amiable old gentleman arrogant upper-class Ninth Earl of Emsworth wealthy loves gardening elegant protagonist conceited haughty selfish bossy Hon. Freddie: son of Lord Emsworth does not like loyalty naughty respectful intelligent young smiling different in morals, … Continue reading

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A Different History (Recording)

Here is a Recording of A Different History -a delightful reminder that poetry should be heard.

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The Hunting Snake (Student Notes)

It is a simple poem with 4 stanzas and monosyllabic lines. This simple structure, shows the harmony of the nature. Speaker adores the nature and she realizes the importance of nature in the poem. Snake’s movements and the speaker’s attitude … Continue reading

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The Destructors (Student Notes)

The story is about a generation who live in East London after World War II. The children create a gang called “Wormsley Common Gang” and they want to breake the laws. Blackie is the first leader of the gang but … Continue reading

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