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Global short story

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    • 1. THE SLIVER FIFTY-SEN PIECES Clayton Dunnaway Yasunari Kawabata James Nalen Parker Smith
    • 2. SUMMARY Yoshiko, a 17 year old girl living in pre-WW2 Japan leads a simple life. Every month, she gets a 2-yen allowance, & once a week, she will go to the department store and buys (for 10sen) a loaf of French bread, but other than that, she saved all of her money. One day, she saw a small paperweight, a hexagonal dog that was 40sen. She debated about whether or not to buy it for 10 days. Finally, she decided that she is going to buy it. Later, she visits a bargain basement with her mother. They go around searching for things to buy together, and they eventually they find an umbrella that they want to buy for “someone” but when they finally push through the crowd, she finds that there are no umbrellas left. 7 years later, in 1946 (for them), Yoshiko is living in poverty in Tokyo, her mother having died in a firebombing and her house having burned down.
    • 3. COMMENTS 1. Her family must place a lot of value in custom and tradition for her mother to give her the allowance herself. 2. Yoshiko must be very good with money if she spent ten days working out if she was going to buy something that she could easily afford. 3. It is amazing how prices will skyrocket during wars and other times when good quality items are even more expensive.
    • 4. QUESTIONS 1.Did she spend her money on anything other than the bread and the paperweight? If so, what and why? 2.What made he like the things like the paperweight so much?
    • 5. QUOTE “It [the paperweight] was her one remembrance of life in her mother’s house.” This quote makes the reader wonder if I could get one item to remember my life by what would it be?
    • 6. ANALOGY/METAPHOR Her buying the paperweight is like deciding to get married, you know you can afford it, but do you really want to?
    • 7. LITERARY ANALYSIS
    • 8. THE QUESTION

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