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Introduction to the landlady,,

  1. 1. Introduction to the Landlady: the plot
  2. 2. <ul><li>Billy Weaver, the protagonist, is a young boy, of seventeen who is commissioned to go from London to Bath for business. He arrives there in a deadly cold evening and after looking for a lodging he finds a “decent” boarding – house near the station. Something so strange happens to him: he is attracted by the notice “Bed and breakfast” and he is forced to climb the steps and to press the bell. At once a Lady opens the door, she is not too surprised to meet him. After showing his room she invites him to go downstairs to sign the guest – book. He notices that there have been only two people lodging there some years before: their names result so familiar toBilly. The Lady comes into the room with a tea – tray, while the are taking tea, they speak about them. Billy gets to the conclusion that the guests have left the house recently but she replies they are still on the third floor together. After a while he turns his attention to the parrot and realizes that it isn’t alive but stuffed as the dachsund in front of the fire. The Landladyn says that she is able to fill them when they die. When the conversation ends, Billy is aware that he is the only guest after the two latest ones. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>A short biography of the author </li></ul><ul><li>Roald Dahl was born in Llandaff, Wales, of Norwegian parents. His father, Harald Dahl, was the joint owner of a ship – broking business. He died when Roald was four years old. The family had to sell their jewellery to pay for Dahl’s upkeep at a private school. His years at public schools in Wales and England described later without nostalgia and these experiences inspired him to write children stories. During World War II served in the Royal Air Forces in Libya. During a crash Dahl had fractured his skull and while he was recovering he had strange dreams which inspired he first short stories. Dahl published JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH in 1961 that was followed by the highlu popular tale CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORy in 1964 that inspired two film adaptations. MY UNCLE OSWALD in 1979 was Dahl ‘s first full – length novel. He died of an infection on November 23,1990, in Oxford. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Definition of Foreshadowing <ul><li>It is used in written art and film to give hints about things to come in later plot developments. Foreshadowing is an old literary device: Shakesperare uses it frequently. For example Romeo and Juliet talk about dying and the ghost in Hamlet in often thought to foreshadowing the death of the royalty of Denmark. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of foreshadowing in the Landlady </li></ul><ul><li>“ At once his eye was caught and held in the most peculiar manner by the small notice that was there BED AND BREKFAST” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The compulsion or, more accuratelu, the desire to follow after her into that house was extraordinarily strong.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It’s all ready for you, my dear” </li></ul><ul><li>“ there were no other hats or coats in the hall” </li></ul><ul><li>“ He guessed that she had probably lost a son in the war, or something like that, anda had never got over it” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Examples of foreshadowing in the Landlady <ul><li>“ Now where on earth had he heard that rather unusual name before” </li></ul><ul><li>“ they are on the third floor, both of them together” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I stuff all my little pets myself when they pass away” </li></ul><ul><li>Definition of dramatic Irony </li></ul><ul><li>It involves the reader knowing something about what’s happening in the plot, about which the character have no knowledge. Shakespeare’s Othello offers another example of dramatic irony, as he blames Desdemona for cuckolding him even as the audience knows that he is being deceived by Iago </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of dramatic irony in the Landlady </li></ul><ul><li>“ animals were usually a good sign in a place like this” </li></ul><ul><li>A pretty decent house to stay in </li></ul>
  6. 6. Examples of dramatic irony in the Landlady <ul><li>“ Her blue eyes travelled slowly all the way down the lenght of Billy’s body” </li></ul><ul><li>“ They were both famous for the same sort of thing like Dumpsey and Tunney for example a Churchill and Roosevelt.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Haven’t there been any guests here except them in the last two or three years?” “No my dear” she said “only you” </li></ul>
  7. 7. How could the story end? Letter writing <ul><li>When I was in my room, I felt the need to write a letter to my friend, It was a way to let my bad thoughts go away. </li></ul><ul><li>Dear lucy </li></ul><ul><li>I am here in my room, in a boarding – house in which everything is so strange to me I’m so scared by the Landlady’s behavior: she used to fill her pets when they died. But if I think when I have arrived here: there were a lot of clues that make me to reflect on this strangeness. For example the chrysanthemums at the window, the script “ Bed and Breakfast” that hypnotized me and the affermation that the Landlady made: “ It’s all ready for you” </li></ul><ul><li>Probably the most relevant moment was when I read on the guest – book the names of the latest entries that sound somehow familiar to me. There are all souspicius things, I’d like to go upstairs and to make me sure that they are still alive and not stuffed. But my only desire is to go away from here as soon as I can because I am so frightened about what the Landlady could do. I hope I’ll write you soon to let you know what is going to happen then. </li></ul><ul><li>With love Billy. </li></ul><ul><li>Maffeo & Tecce Mirabella E. </li></ul>
  8. 8. How could the story end? Letter writing <ul><li>Dear Mum, </li></ul><ul><li>I am left on my own in this room and so scared because I realize that in this place nothing is as it appeares. I noticed a lot of odd things since I have come here. When I have just arrived in Bath I was attracted by the script “Bed and Breakfast” as if I was enchanted and I couldn’t free myself from it. So I came in and the Landlady told she was waiting for me. How could she know I was going there? Infact she is strange and terrifies me a bit as I discovered that she used to fill her pets. I’m frightened about the fact that I read only two names on the guest-book that go up to two or three years ago. They sound so familiar: probably I found them on a newspaper because of their desappearing But I feel they are still on the third flor. The only thing I want is to go away from here avoiding to have the same destiny. </li></ul><ul><li>Graziosi, Grella e Aldorasi, Gesualdo </li></ul>
  9. 9. An essay: testing foreshadowing and dramatic irony in our studying course actvities <ul><li>The technique of foreshadowing in a film </li></ul><ul><li>Dramatic irony in an Italian writer’s work </li></ul><ul><li>The basic plots in Literature </li></ul>
  10. 10. The technique of foreshadowing a film <ul><li>After reading the “Landlady” we have understood what this technique consists of. A comparison with the foreshadowing in this short story can the found in a film we saw in March at school, “Baarìa” by tornatore, a very famous Italian film director. This movie was part of a film show activity concerning stories connected with our studying course. Infact in the film is represented the history of Italy from the II World War to our days throught the eyes of the protagonist Peppino, whose story can be probably identified with the director’s life. </li></ul><ul><li>Baarìa is a district of Palermo in which Peppino’s life – events took place. As in the “Landlady” we find from the begiming a series of clues that let us foreshadow about the protagonist’s destiny. All Peppino’s life is permeate by “hints” for example when he saw some crushed eggs before his wife gave birth to a dead creature. Even when he was called because his father was dying he had the vision of black snakes, the same one he’ll have before his death. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Dramatic irony in an Italian writer’s work <ul><li>As far as the dramatic irony is concerned we found short stories of an Italian writer, Luigi Pirandello (1967 – 1936), collected in “Novelle per un anno” published in 1922. Many of them are set in the author’s native, Sicily; he skillfully describes the landscape and inhabitants of this region in a patenalistic style commenting on the paradoxical and contradictory aspects of life. “La patente” ( the license), one of the most famous, is based on dramatic irony. Its main themes are : the sorrow, the difficulties to communicate, the ignorance and pregiudices of human beings. Chiarchiano, the protagonist is socially excluded because he is charged to put jinx on people. For this reason he has lost his job and everybody keeps away from him. So he decides to exploit this situation asking a judge to give him a “license” in order to have a legal acknowledgment as a “professional jinx”. The conclusion is: “because of pregiudices and ignorance sometimes people consider us not as we really are”. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The basic plots in Literature <ul><li>Starting from the concept that there are only a certain number of basic plots in literary works, have chosen to apply the “madness” and “ crime of love plots to the Landlady” story (from the thirty – six dramatic situation by Polti). Madness characterizes the Landlady, infact only a person affected by this problem could think to stuff pets and people, to have the illusion they can be alive forever. “Crime of love” because she kills her victims for love: she can’t get over her son’s death so she doesn’t resist to the impulse to murder young people who resembles him, trying to preserve them with taxidermy technique. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Creato da : Tecce Sara Maffeo Federica Aldorasi Alessia Graziosi Federica Grella Victoria Si ringrazia per la collaborazione: Prof.ssa Caso Giuseppina Prof. Petrillo Antonio THE END

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