Saturday, April 27, 2013

Flipping Fantastic- Theme/Moral Values/Point of View

Theme, in literature, is the central idea or ideas explored by a literary work. John Gardner puts it this way: "By theme here we mean not a message - a word no good writer likes applied to his work - but the general subject, as the theme of an evening of debates may be World Wide Inflation."
 A work of literary may have more than one theme. 

Themes of the "Flipping Fantastic"
There are a few themes in this story. They are:

   1.    The relationship between brothers
           Being twins, the two brothers are extremely close to each 
           They depend on each other a lot and they fear 
           being separated.

   2.    The pain of separation 
           The twins experience the pain of separation when they have 
           to go to different schools.

   3.    Fear of change
           The twins fear change as they are very comfortable as they 
           are presently.
           They are worried as they know their lives will be very 
           different when they go to another school, especially if
           they go to different schools.

   4.    Mother's love
           The mother's love for her children is unlimited. 
           She is proud and supportive of both her sons. 
           She understands their characters well and 
           worries about them constantly. 
           She refuses to accept that Tristan has disabilities and 
           her attitudes helps Tristan carry on with life in a positive 

   5.    Adapting to new environments
           The twins learn that they cannot fight change and they have 
           to adapt to their new environments.
           In the end, they find that they need not have worried as they 
           adapt to their new school quickly and are extremely happy 

Moral Value, in literature, is the beliefs and personal opinions about what is right (honest, ethical, true) conduct and what is wrong (dishonest, false, harmful) conduct held by individuals and held collectively by socially cohesive groups of individuals.

Moral Values of the "Flipping Fantastic"
1. It is important to get co-operation and support from family
     members to make good decisions.
2. Parents who are patient and understanding can build a child's
     confidence and self-esteem.

Point of view: the perspective from which the story is told.

  • The most obvious point of view is probably first person or "I."
  • The omniscient narrator knows everything, may reveal the motivations, thoughts and feelings of the characters, and gives the reader information.
  • With a limited omniscient narrator, the material is presented from the point of view of a character, in third person.
  • The objective point of view presents the action and the characters' speech, without comment or emotion. The reader has to interpret them and uncover their meaning.
A narrator may be trustworthy or untrustworthy, involved or uninvolved. 

Point of View of the "Flipping Fantastic"
This story is told in the first person point of view. It is in the form 
of a diary or journal. The three main characters give their 
personal points of view on the events and incidents that occur in the story.

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