Letteratura inglese: riassunto e analisi di alcuni brani

The Umbrella Man di Roald Dahl, Features of narrative text, The Immortal Bard di Isaac Asimov, Lispeth di Rudyard Kipling: riassunto e analisi di alcuni libri di autori inglesi (3 pagine formato doc)

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The umbrella man by Roald Dahl.

A girl and her mother come out of a dentist and go to a cafe’ for a cup of coffe. When they come out it is rain and they stand in tehe rain looking for a taxi. A kind-looking old man comes up to them and offers to sell his umbrella for a pound because he has forgotten his wallet and is too tired to walk back.
He says he needs the money to get a taxi home. At first the mother is very rude of the stranger, but the daughter seems to like him. The old man’s behaviour and manners at last convince the mother that he is a gentleman and she accepts his offer.
Soon after the girl notices that the old man isn’t take a taxi, but is running in great haste on the other side of the street, so the mother gets very angry and decides to follow him.
They see the man go into a pub. Through a window they watch the man drink a big glass of whisky, pay for it with the pound, steal an umbrella, go out of the pub and sells the umbrella to a passer-by for another pound.
The story is told in the first person by the girl, through narration, through description and through dialogue. The expectation of a “funny” outcome is aroused in the reader at a very beginning and makes the reader eager to read on. This expetation comes true at the very end, when the man’s “little game” is revealed.


The dialogue plays an important role as it makes the scene lively; it is means by which the three characters come to life.
The relationship between mother and daughter on one hand, and the unusual behaviour of the old man on the other hand, create a humorous effect.
Through humour the story also comments on some personal and social characteristic such as the mother‘s concern for external appearances and wealth. The language in general is informal and simple, therefore appropiate to the narrator, a young girl.
The character are describes through description and dialogue.


Features of a narrative text
The story is a series of action which happen in a short story, it is builds up a fictional world with a setting (place and time), events and characters.
The plot is the way the story is told in order to create a certain effect.
In the story yhe events are tolod in chronological order while in plot the author may choose to arrange them in different order.
The narrator is the narrative voice an author chooses for particular reasons; this choice always influences the way the story is told.
The point of view is the angle or angles from which the story is told.
The three tipe of language used are narration, desciption and dialogue and are all very important.
Description is used to describe people and places; narration is used to relate events in chronological sequence; description is the techinque used to show characters’ personality and behaviour through their own words.
The reader is who read the story: the implied reader is an immaginary reader whose the author has in mind.
The message is the purpose, the aim of the author in tellig a particular story. The purpose may be simply one of entertaiment, but often there are more serious   messages.


Isaac Asimov. The immortal bard by Isaac Asimov. At a university Christmas party the conversation between two teachers, a physicist Dr Welch and a young English teacher Scott Robertson, takes an unusual course when Dr Welch informs Scott Robertson that he brought back to life some famous peolple such as Archimedes, Newton, Galileo through “temporal trasference”. At first Robertson listens only out of politeness bexcause the older teacher is a bit drunk, but when Shakespeare is also mentioned his interest is aroused because he gives a coure on Shakespeare. Dr Welch describes Shakespeare’s physical appearance, his accent, and even shows him his signature. Unlike other famous people who couldn’t adapt themselves to the modern world, Shakespeare seemed quite at home, given him flexibility of mind. He even agreed to attend Mr Robertson’s course on himself but this was a mistake. Dr welch had to send him back too because of the humilation Scott Robertson inflicted on him by failing him at the final examination.