The Smile Ray Bradbury Narrative Organizer

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ENG2D Narrative Organizer Chart: Short Literature Name(s): Lauryn Overholt & Stacy Willert Setting| This story is set in the future after warfare has destroyed nearly all traces of civilization. We know its set in the future because in the text it states the year is “2061”. We can interpret that its taken place after because in the texts it says “’Hate for everything in the Past. I ask you, Tom how did we get in such a state, cities all junk, roads like jigsaws from bombs and half the cornfields glowing with radioactivity at night?’” Specifically it takes place in a town square, as it says in the text, that we assume is in Europe because the painting, Mona Lisa is currently held in Europe. | Mood or Atmosphere or Tone| - Despairing - Forlorn - Oppressed - Bitter This is a place full of people who have destroyed their own town, and history turning their surroundings into a bitter and hopeless place. In the text it states “Things were in a fearful mess there for a while. All we got now is bits and pieces.” Also these adjectives describe the mood because people want to ruin this piece of art, along with many other things; it’s something that is beautiful in the mess of everything that has happened. | Point of View| The point of view is in third person - someone else is telling the story using “she”, “he”, “they”, or the character’s name. For example in the text it states “’This boy’s an appreciator of arts, I’ll have you know,’ said the boy’s defender, a man named Grigsby,”| Characterization | Tom: protagonist, a young boy wanting to see the painting along with everyone else. Tom is courageous, rational and optimistic. Tom is courageous because he was the only one to now follow along with everyone else. In the text it describes how he didn’t want to spit at the portrait because he didn’t believe it was right. He was courageous for not spitting even though he was being pressured to do...
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