Plot Point Photo Compilation

The goal of this project is to provide photos to represent the quotes from each plot points of the short story “Father and Son” by Bernard McLaverty. This story is talking about the relationship of a father and his son. The father lost his wife, which means the son lost his mother. The father wants to take care of his son, but the son doesn’t want to talk with him. In this story, the relationship of the father and the son is totally broken, and they have no chance to fix it.

1 )Exposition

Quote: “Because I do not sleep well I hear my father raising to go to work. I know that in a few minutes he will come in to look at me sleeping.” (pg. 165)

Explanation: This quote reflects that the father is trying to protect his son, but the son thinks that his father is monitoring him. Tells that there is some contradiction between them.

2 )Rising Action

Quote: “‘If I know what you’re doing I don’t worry as much.’ ‘Shit.'” (pg. 165)

Explanation: The son doesn’t want to communicate with father, so the father doesn’t know where the son goes. This is rising action because it created a depressive mood and shows how broken their relationship is.

3)Rising Action

Quote: “Your fingers, orange with nicotine. I pulled you away from death once and now you will not talk to me.”(pg. 166)

Explanation: This quote shows that the son took drugs before, and he nearly died. This is rising action because it gives the background of son’s life, showing one of seasons of their contradiction.

4 )Rising Action

Quote: “The door swings open and he pushes a hand-gun beneath the pillow. Seen long enough, black and squat, dull like a garden slug.  ‘What’s that? Under your pillow?’ ‘It’s none of your business.'” (pg. 169)

Explanation: When the father is going to apologize to his son, he find his son is hiding a hand-gun into his pillow. This is rising action because it creates the further depressive mood between father and son. It does foreshadowing for following content.

5 )Rising Action

Quote: “Voices in the hallway.” (pg. 169)

Explanation: The father hears the voice during the son is answering the door to some friends. This is rising action because it leads to the gun-shoot as the climax.

6 )Climax

Quote: “My son is lying on the floor, his head on the bottom stair, his feet on the threshold.” (pg. 169)

Explanation: His son died from falling down on the floor. This is the climax because it takes the story to the most interesting part and it indicating that the story is about to end.

7 )Falling Action

Quote: “‘Are you hurt?’ Blood is spilling from his nose.” (pg. 169)

Explanation: The bloods comes out shows that the son is about to die. It is falling action because it helps readers to guess what happens in the end.

8 )Denouement

Quote: “I take my son’s limp head in my hands and see a hole in his nose that should not be there”(pg. 169)

Explanation: The sentence “a hole in his nose that should not be there”, tells that the father finds his son is died. It is denouement because readers get a completely conclusion of the story.


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