Category Archives: Short Stories

Doll House – Focus Question

“The Doll’s House” by Katherine Mansfield represents a similar world people live in.  People start growing up and start caring about what others think. Keiza does not let Kelevy come play with her brand new doll house because Keizas friends do not think highly of Kelevy’s social class. In Canadian society, some people care highly about others appearance, race, beliefs, and sexuality. These people will discriminate on another because they are unique in their own ways. Discrimination of lower social classes is still happening in parts around the world. Keiza was influenced by society. The doll house became an object that Keiza and her friends cared about more than their friends. The doll house was pretty much the TVs back in 1900s, having a TV would mean that the family was rich. Keiza became too obsessed with being seen as the “cool” girl in front of her friends that, she forgot all about her other friends who are less fortunate. The Doll’s House is a great story that represents the social problems in Canada.

Tell Tale Hear – Focus Question

“The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe is best illustrated by the cartoon. Reading the story makes the readers wonder what the characters look like. The old mans eye was “a dull blue, with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in [his] bones” (Page 58) this is hard to imagine. However, the cartoon portrays the characters and the eye clearly, the crazy man is represented with frizzly hair and evil laughs. The left eye is enormous compared to the old mans right eye.  The actions made by the characters were unclear and the cartoon does a great job of visualizing. After the crazy man killed the old man he “dismembered the corpse. [He] cut off the head and the arms and legs.” (Page 59) I read this and was surprised and didn’t know if the character actually cut up each parts of the body. In the cartoon, the crazy man chops up the limbs and I was able to see the parts jumping up. The crazy man hides the body under the wood floor and the police arrives because of a noise complaint. The crazy man started to hear heartbeats in his head, he started to panic because he was sitting on a chair on the body. I felt the nervousness from the crazy man, I started to get chills from watching the cartoon. The cartoon visualizes the the text version of the Tell Tale Heart with a lot of details for the readers.

Forgiveness in Families – Focus Question

The story “Forgiveness in Families,” is about a rivalry between Val and Cam. Val has a conventional life, she is married, has a steady job, and lives in a house with children. Cam, on the other hand, dropped out of college, borrows money and lives the life on the edge. No one would know if they were siblings because they were so different. There are a lot of events that lead up to the big rivalry.  Cam was “born the week (Val) started school.”(93) Val was left alone by herself when all the “other kids had their mothers with them.” (93) Val always felt that Cam got in the way of her life, she thought that her parents always liked Cam a little more. Cam threw up at Val’s wedding and ruined the cake. The rivalry is important to the story because the main problem was that Val and Cam could never get along. Cam would come home with a new religion that no one understood; however, his parents would always support him with whatever he did. Val’s mom became ill and was lying on the hospital bed. Cam comes in with his friends and initiates a weird ritual which supposedly healed her mother. Everyone thinks that Cam was the reason that she lived, although it was a miracle. Cam proceeds to ditch his religion and strives to become an accountant. Val eventually forgives Cam because they are still family.

The rivalry between the two sibling are important because people who read the story can connect and relate with their real lives. A lot of people have brothers or sister who they hate and love at the same time, because they are family. Family means that nobody becomes left or forgotten no matter their beliefs.


Harrison Bergeron – House Question

Harrison Bergeron

Achieving a perfect society is nearly impossible. In the story “Harrison Bergeron,” the people have handicaps in order to keep everyone equal. Even with the multiple handicaps that are placed, some characteristics cannot be controlled. Harrison Bergeron was better than everyone else in the story. The government was not able to control Harrison Bergeron; therefore, they locked him up in prison. Equality would mean that every single person in the world would look, sound, think, eat, and dress the same. That would be a perfect society, the world should be able to accept everyone no matter what race, gender, sexuality or beliefs. However, there are always going to be someone who discriminates other people because that’s how society taught humans. Everyone is unique in their own ways. The imperfect society is made up of individual imperfect people. People have a lot of different beliefs and viewpoints. Perfection lies in imperfection. A “perfect” society would eventfully fail.

The Metaphor – Focus Question

Kevin Choi


Focus Question

The Metaphor

            In one sense this story is about Charlotte’s coming of age. She is excited to learn about writing in middle school; however, she reaches high school and hides her true passion. In middle school Charlotte meets the overenthusiastic and flamboyant English teacher, Miss Hancock. Charlotte is given an assignment to write a metaphor in a timed period. According to Miss Hancock, Charlottes metaphors were “unusually good, unusually interesting. For someone your age.” (Page 68) Miss Hancock discusses with Charlotte about the writing and she describes that when she wrote the metaphor she “feel(s) sort of creepy about it. And I’m not all that crazy about the feeling.” (Page 69) She is still a young student and she should not know exactly how to feel about certain situations. There’s a lot of room for growth in her thought process. Charlotte goes home and talks to her mom all about Miss Hancock. Charlotte mom asks if “she (is) that brassy Miss Hancock whom I met at the at the Home and School meeting?” (Page 71) Charlotte is heavily influenced by her mother and has a different perspective on Miss Hancock. She finishes middle school and moves on to high school.

Charlotte is met with an unexpected surprise as Miss Hancock comes in the classroom to teach English. Charlotte was “caught in a stranglehold somewhere between shocked embarrassment and a terrible desire for concealment.” (Page 77) She was influenced by her mother; therefore, she was not excited to see Miss Hancock. Charlotte grows up and cares about what others think of herself. Miss Hancock received joy from her students being enthusiastic about writing however, in high school even Charlotte ignored Miss Hancock. Miss Hancock gets hit by a bus and passes away. Charlotte becomes terrified and cries every single day. Charlotte’s mom tells Charlotte to stop the nonsense and she writes one final metaphor about how Miss Hancock was a birthday cake.

Character Sketch

Kevin Choi
Character Sketch
Paper Bag Princess
The princess in the story, “Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch is brave and
intelligent. The princess is about to marry prince Ronald however, the prince becomes captured by a dragon. The princess is brave; therefore, she “decided to chase the dragon and get Ronald back.” (Page 5) This shows that the princess is willing to fight the dragon regarding the dangers. The princess is also intelligent since she tires the dragon out by asking the dragon to do certain tasks. The dragon eventually becomes tired to a point where it can not wake up. The princess proceeds to save the prince however, Ronaldo is ungrateful and pushes her away. The princess used her intelligence and bravery in order to save Ronald.

Focus Question #2

Kevin Choi
Block A
Focus Question

House Focus Question

            In the story “House” by Jane Rule, the author uses different types of ironies to create
humour. Harry and Anna were having a conversation about buying a house when the children comes in and says, “That’s telling her, Harry,” said Joey. “Don’t call me Harry!” Said harry. “Who is this guy, Mom?” Joey asked. “Oh he is some sort of real estate agent.” Anna said.” (Page 22) this is a form of verbal irony. Joey can clearly see his dad; however, Joey acts like he doesn’t know his dad because Anna is calling him Harry. I find this amusing because I can giggle at this. I find that the other quotes are like this one too.

All Harry wants to do is buy a house “Because I would like to do something ordinary, for a change. I am an ordinary man, and I’d like to be ordinary just to see what it’s like.” (Page 26) This is a form of situational irony because all Harry wanted to do was buy a house however, at the end he just ends up disappointed and starts breaking the house down. Harry sold his beautiful boat that he loved, in order to be conventional. I find this funny since the whole point of the story was Harry wanting a house and finally he does however, it was all for nothing. The author uses a lot of irony to spice up the story, which does work in these cases.