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Notes From A Bottle

  1. 1. Notes From a Bottle By James Stevenson
  2. 2. Author <ul><li>James Stevenson was born in New York City, and was raised in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. </li></ul><ul><li>Started writing and drawing as a boy. </li></ul><ul><li>His father, a watercolorist, inspired Stevenson to become an artist. </li></ul><ul><li>His artistic style was influenced by movies and comics rather then any children’s book he read as a child. </li></ul><ul><li>Attended Yale University, majoring in English with the intention of becoming a writer. </li></ul><ul><li>His first success was drawing, selling cartoons to the New Yorker magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>He then goes onto writing and illustrating children’s book. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1956 he moved to the New Yorker art department, developing cartoons. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Characters <ul><li>The Narrator- Notices all the ludicrous behaviors of his neighbors even though a flood is happening. </li></ul><ul><li>The goal is to stay alive. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Setting <ul><li>An apartment on the 2 nd story of a building along Eighty-Sixth Street and Lexington Ave. </li></ul><ul><li>A lot of goofing around, mood is carefree until water rises until the 10 th floor. </li></ul><ul><li>Once the whole building is submerged the mood changes into depression. People are starting to think about death. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Theme <ul><li>The theme of the story is to live everyday like if it was your last day here. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Plot <ul><li>The Narrator notices that the flood water has reached his 2 nd story apartment. </li></ul><ul><li>The Neighbors are running around through the apartment building getting drunk and having fun. </li></ul><ul><li>The water is below the 9 th floor window and the city is filled with trash by the garbage strike. </li></ul><ul><li>People start rumoring about that an atomic test in the Arctic caused the flood. </li></ul><ul><li>The whole building is submerged in water and desperation is filling everyone's heart. </li></ul><ul><li>Waves of water are coming straight in from the Atlantic to the Skylights. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Literary Terms <ul><li>Ambiguous-open to two or more interpretations </li></ul><ul><li>Subtle-difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze </li></ul><ul><li>Inferences-the reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Title-the name of a work of art or literary composition etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Subtitle-explanatory or alternate title </li></ul><ul><li>Mood-is one of a set of distinctive verb forms that are used to signal modality </li></ul><ul><li>Minor Characters-Minor characters are the people in a story who are not the main point of the story </li></ul><ul><li>Point of View-a position or perspective from which something is considered or evaluated </li></ul><ul><li>Form-orderly method of arrangement </li></ul><ul><li>Allusion-an implied or indirect reference especially in literature </li></ul><ul><li>Author’s Purpose-goal or accomplishment that the author aimed while writing the story </li></ul><ul><li>Ambiguous-open to two or more interpretations </li></ul><ul><li>Subtle-difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze </li></ul><ul><li>Inferences-the reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Title-the name of a work of art or literary composition etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Subtitle-explanatory or alternate title </li></ul><ul><li>Mood-is one of a set of distinctive verb forms that are used to signal modality </li></ul><ul><li>Minor Characters-Minor characters are the people in a story who are not the main point of the story </li></ul><ul><li>Point of View-a position or perspective from which something is considered or evaluated </li></ul><ul><li>Form-orderly method of arrangement </li></ul><ul><li>Allusion-an implied or indirect reference especially in literature </li></ul><ul><li>Author’s Purpose-goal or accomplishment that the author aimed while writing the story </li></ul>
  8. 8. Literary Terms (continued) <ul><li>Inferences-When the Narrator see Langford stand next to the tallest TV antenna, he concludes that Langford will climb it when the waters rise. </li></ul><ul><li>Title- ”Notes from a Bottle” </li></ul><ul><li>Subtitle- “March 23 rd . 7A.M.” </li></ul><ul><li>Mood-The mood of the story in the beginning is care-free and reckless until the water rises up to the roof which in that point everyone becomes depressed </li></ul><ul><li>Minor Characters- Audrey, Harold, Ed Shea, Carson, Alice MacNeills, Phil Lewis, Martin. </li></ul><ul><li>Point of View-The daily entry show the point of view of the narrator. </li></ul><ul><li>Form-It is arranged in time sequence. </li></ul><ul><li>Allusion- “ Langford, i noticed, has move toward the tallest TV antenna and has stationed himself near the base. He dreams, I suppose, that when the water covers the roof and the sky light and the chimney, he will shinny up the pole and cling to the top.” </li></ul><ul><li>Author’s Purpose- </li></ul>
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