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QWERTYUIOP

QWERTYUIOP

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QWERTYUIOP-SETTING , CHARACTERS, THEMES AND MORALVALUES
Hello everyone, today I would like to talk about a short story calledQWERTYUIOP. Here are some notes that would help you to understandthe text better. Thank you to CDC for providing us with a completeLiterature Component module.
SETTING
 The story revolves around two main settings: Lucy¶s house which sheshares with her mother and her Uncle Bert, and the office of Ross andBannister¶s where Lucy works as a secretary.
CHARACTERS
 
Lucy Beck
: She is a young, shy and insecure graduate of secreterialstudies. She is issatisfied with her current life and is determined to improveit. She obtains a position with Ross and Bannister¶s, only to find that theposition comes with a chilling secret.
Ghost of Ms.Broome
: She was the previous employee of Ross andBannister¶s. She is unwilling to let go of her position and continues todefend her post, even after her demise.
Lucy¶s mother 
: A housewife who lives a hard life. She has to support her brother.
Uncle Bert
: Depends on his sister for support. He is also a drunkard.
Harry Darke
: Ross and Bannister¶s handyman. He is an old man who hasbeen working with the company for years.
Mr. Ross
: The younger partner of the company.
THEMES
 Possible themes that can be found in the short story are determination,possessiveness, loyalty, loneliness, commitment, the supernatural, andcompassion.DETERMINATION:
 
Despite the supernatural nature by which Ms. Broome badgers anddemoralises Lucy, she shows no signs of giving in to her demand. Instead,she is steadfast in defending her position as the secretary.POSSESIVENESS:Not even death could part Ms. Broome from what she feels is rightfullyhers. She continues to haunt the office through her electronic typewriter.LOYALTY: As with her possesiveness towards her job, Ms. Broome was alsoextremely loyal towards Mr. Bannister. Even after she passed on, her spiritcontinued in its endeavour to serve her employer.LONELINESS:Loneliness can be a strong influence in a person¶s life. Ms. Broome had nolife outside of her office. That made her more possesive of her position inthe company; a possesiveness that went beyond the grave.COMMITMENT:This attribute can be clearly seen in both Lucy and Ms. Broome. Both areextremely committed to their profession.THE SUPERNATURAL:It is interesting that such an integral character in the story happens to be anethereal entity. Yet this theme is rather prominent in the story.COMPASSION:This theme holds water especially in the final confrontation between Lucyand Ms. Broome. It is not through hatred nor coercion that Lucy managesto outsmart Ms. Broome, rather, it was through compassion andunderstanding of Ms. Broome¶s intentions.
MORAL VALUES
 

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