The furnished room

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The furnished room

  1. 1. “The Furnished Room” by O Henry
  2. 2. Creating Suspense What is suspense? How does an author create suspense in a story?
  3. 3. Trailer for The Furnished Room: http://vimeo.com/68155109
  4. 4. Reading & Answering Questions: You may answer in short form (lists of words, phrases, short sentences.) This chart is your ticket out the door.
  5. 5. SECTION 1 Begins, “Restless, shifting, fugacious as time itself” Ends, “Yes, they comes and they goes.” • In Box 1 – Answer: Who is the narrator of the story? Describe them. • In Box 2 – Predict: Based on what the narrator and the housekeeper have said, what will happen in the room? • In Box 3 – Infer: Write down at least 3 words that describe the setting (look for descriptive adjectives). What is the mood? Where can you infer the story takes place? (country? year? Rural or Urban?)
  6. 6. SECTION 2 Begins, “’This is the room,’ said the housekeeper, from her furry throat.” Ends, “the reeking exhalations of linoleum and mildewed and rotten woodwork.” • In Box 4 – Answer & Infer: Who is he looking for? Describe what she looks like. • In Box 5 –List:The story is filled with vivid imagery and vocabulary. List out 5 words that have strong imagery. • In Box 6 – Predict:The imagery creates mood in the story, predict what will happen in the room.
  7. 7. SECTION 3 Begins: “Then suddenly, as he rested there” Ends, “Do fill up your glass again, Mrs. McCool” • In Box 7 – Answer:What happens to the man? What does Mrs. Purdy, the housekeeper, reveal at the end of the story?Were your predictions right about what happened? • In Box 8 – Discuss:Was the ending a shock? How did O Henry use foreshadowing to create this shock? How else does O Henry create suspense in this story? • In Box 9 – Discuss:What is the theme of the story? (Theme is the overarching idea; the implied main idea)
  8. 8. With your partner... ...discuss your answers for these boxes: • In Box 7 – Answer:What happens to the man? What does Mrs. Purdy, the housekeeper, reveal at the end of the story?Were your predictions right about what happened? • In Box 8 – Discuss:Was the ending a shock? How did O Henry use foreshadowing to create this shock? How else does O Henry create suspense in this story? • In Box 9 – Discuss:What is the theme of the story? (Theme is the overarching idea; the implied main idea)

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