Analyzing Rachel's Short Stories

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The theme of the story the author believes that when you age you have all under ages under you belt that create more emotions and you act like ages under you. Rachel says in the story “What they don 't understand about birthdays and what they never tell you is that when you 're eleven, you 're also ten, and nine, and eight, and seven, and six, and five, and four, and three, and two, and one.” Characterization has an affect on the theme because Rachel is described as empathetic for example she said “That 's what I tell Mama when she 's sad and needs to cry. Maybe she 's feeling three.” she is showing empathy and understands how she feels. She is also described as passive and shy for example when she tries to tell the teacher she is…show more content…
Price says. If Mrs. Price was a little nicer or less scary Rachel might have been able to talk to her Or she might understand and believe her. The conflict in this story is internal and is an example man vs self. It is man vs self because she was trying her hardest not to have a mental breakdown and stay calm, fighting her instincts. The conflict is important to the theme because the theme is that “when you are eleven you are ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, and one.” She is fighting with her 3 year old emotions so if she fights her emotions it is man vs self. If it wasn’t man vs self she wouldn 't be fighting her emotions making the theme completely irrelevant.. She is both the protagonist and antagonist. She is the protagonist because she has a goal, The goal of Rachel was to tell Mrs. Price that the sweater wasn’t her’s and to not put the sweater. “Rachel," Mrs. Price says. She says it like she 's getting mad. "You put that sweater on right now and no more nonsense." "But it 's not—" she is trying to stand up for herself but she just can not. Rachel is also the antagonist because she is stopping herself from accomplishing her goal, her 4 year old self got to her and made her scared and…show more content…
Rachel being a dynamic character is important to the theme also she changed throughout the story and change results in theme. . She started out being happy and proud about her birthday she says “Today I 'm eleven. There 's a cake Mama 's making for tonight and when Papa comes home from work we 'll eat it. There 'll be candles and presents and everybody will sing Happy birthday, happy birthday to you, Rachel.” but as the story goes on she is sad and angry about her birthday. For example she says “I 'm eleven today. I 'm eleven, ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, and one, but I wish I was one hundred and two and far away from today because if I was one hundred and two I 'd have known what to say when Mrs. Price put the horrible, ugly, red sweater on my desk.” This backs the theme that states the theme of the story the author believes that when you age you have all under ages under you belt that create more emotions and you act like ages under you. Rachel says in the story “What they don 't understand about birthdays and what they never tell you is that when you 're eleven, you 're also ten, and nine, and eight, and seven, and six, and five, and four, and

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