In the story “The Storyteller” by Saki, an aunt, her two nieces and one nephew are on a train in a cabin with a bachelor. The children are very hyper and loud. To try and get the children to settle down, the aunt decided to tell a story. The story is about a girl who was always good. She was perfect in every aspect of her life but one day she was in trouble and was saved by her classmates because they admired her outstanding moral character. She lived happily and was liked by everybody. But this story did not keep the children preoccupied for long because they thought the story was dull and boring. The bachelor then steps in and says that he can tell a story that the children will love. His story starts out the same as the aunts by talking about a girl, named Bertha, who was “horribly perfect” all the time. She was rewarded with medals and she wore them on her clothes all the time. For her outstanding moral character she was invited to play in the prince's beautiful park. While Bertha has been in the park, she was hanging out watching the little pigs run around. Then, a wolf came and was looking for something to eat. The wolf found the girl and started to chase her, ignoring the pigs. The girl hid in a bush and was well hidden there. The wolf could not see her and started to give up. The climax of the story is the part, when Bertha wanted to get out of the bush, but her medals began clinking together so the wolf found the girl and ate her. The children are sitting quietly in awe because they have never heard "such a beautiful story". The aunt comments that the story is too violent and not acceptable for the children to hear. The bachelor responds to this by saying that the story had fascinated them and had them kept quiet for ten minutes while her story had not. For the next 6 months, the children bothered the aunt for a story like the bachelor's.
The main character of the story “The Storyteller“ by Hector Hugh Munro (Saki) is the bachelor. He is a stranger and not part of the family but in my opinion he plays the most important role in the story. I think that he is very imaginative because when the aunt asks him to tell the children a better story, makes up a really good one in a few seconds. The story is a kind of tale and he tells it with lots of details so that the children keep calm. He is also a good entertainer and can deal with young childen . As his story is more brutal and gruesome than the aunt's, the bachelor manages to do what the aunt could not : entertain the children. After the aunt fails with entertaining the children, he helps her and is finally able to keep them calm. That is why I think that the bachelor is very helpful. But according to the opinion of the aunt, he is hard and unsympethatic (end of page 65).
In contrast to the bachelor, the aunt is a really bad entertainer. She tries to keep the children calm in different ways, like by talking about the animals outside the window or telling a story but she always fails. I also think that she is annoyed very quickly.
Cyril (the aunt's nephew) is the only character Saki named.
He is very inquisitive and questions everything. You can see this in the whole story because he always ask “why..?“. And becaus he is questioning everything, he can be very annoying.
The only thing the author doesn't really go into the girls character's. The only thing why they remain in my thoughts is because the girls had bad remarks about the aunt's story. [“It's the stupiest story I've ever heard,“ said the bigger of the small girls, with immense conviction. page 66].
The theme of the story “The Storyteller” is that if you are an ideal that does not mean that you can always expect good at the end. Saki established a theme of humility. Bertha’s medals symbolize narcissism, and lead to her death.
In my opinion, the children in the train are the most straightforward in the story. They represent...
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