Flipping Fantastic (A short story
This story is about twin brothers, Tristan and James, who are about to be separated and sent to different schools when they leave primary school for secondary school. They have mixed feelings about going to their new schools and are anxious about this. Besides being worried about their separation, they are also concerned about whether they can adapt to their new schools, especially without each other's help. Their mother, who loves them both dearly and cares about them, is equally anxious.
The climax occurs the day after the school play. Tristan and James react very differently to the school play. They both realise how much they depend on each other and how difficult it would be to adapt to their new schools on their own. Tristan is not sure whether to go with James to Highfields or to go to Chesterlea Grange on his own.
After some thought and discussion, Tristan, who is disabled, finally decides to go to a special school, that is, Chesterlea Grange, while James goes to Highfields. In the end, the twins find that their worries are unnecessary as they both adapt to and enjoy their new schools. The twins realise they have made the right decision and are both very happy in their new schools. Tristan describes his new school as fantastic...hence the title, Flipping Fantastic.
. Although Tristan cannot play games.Tristan
Tristan is the twin who has a physical disability. He is also unable to dress himself or play football. Tristan is good in Maths and computers. He moves around in a wheelchair and cannot walk or move his arms easily. he is good at swimming. He is also good in drama and acts very well as Tom Sawyer in the year-end school play.
he is emotionally stronger and more confident than James. He is also concerned about how James will manage without him and ask Kiara Jones to be James' 'special friend' and help him get used to his new school. However.
Even though Tristan is disabled. Tristan is indecisive and changes his mind three times about going to his new school.
He is good in sports and plays football.
James is shyer and less confidence than Tristan. This is mainly because he is very dependent on Tristan. James hates drama and does not like Jessica Parker. He lives in fear of her and her 'stupid laugh'. He is also more nervous and very worried about going to new school without Tristan.
.James James has no physical disability.
She is a very determined mother and always has a positive attitude.Mum
Mum is a loving. Tristan likes him very much. caring mother who supports her sons and wants the best for them. (So) Consequently.
She is very concerned about her sons and does not get upset even when Tristan changes his mind a couple of times about going to his new school.
. She teaches Maths.
Minor Characters The teachers
He is the twin's English and drama teacher. she does not like the negative word 'disability'.
She is Tristan's favourite teacher in Peter Hill Primary. Mum sees the good in both her sons and is extremely proud of them.
She is with the twins at Peter Hill Primary. Tristan fells that she only laughs at James because she wants him to notice her. Both James and Tristan like her very much.Schoolmates
Kiara plays football and Tristan arranges for her to be James' 'special friend' at Highfields to help him adapt to his new school. Elements of the Story
. However. James does not like her and hates her 'stupid laugh'.
Setting. organize.End of Primary School. is the time. accentuate. games. . in literature. Setting includes the background. friendships and lively discussions create the setting of Conversations in Literature. Setting enables the reader to better envision how a story unfolds by relating necessary physical details of a piece of literature. Thematic meals.
Place .Going to Secondary School. and circumstances in which as situation occurs.
. A setting may be simple or elaborate.The place where the narration is written is not mentioned although three places are referred to in the story. Highfields and Chesterlea Grange.
Setting of the "Flipping Fantastic"
Time . projects. lend credibility. or even distract the reader.
. emphasize. atmosphere or environment in which characters live. physical details.The places referred to are Peter Hill Primary. used to create ambiance.
disappointment. What is important is that the characters in a story all have the same set of emotions as the reader: happiness.
Characters of the "Flipping Fantastic"
Physical traits Dialogue Actions Attire Opinions Point of view
There are no limits on the types of characters who can inhabit a story: male or female. joy. The character who dominates the story is the major character. prince or pauper.
Readers can learn about characters in many ways. sorrow.Characters are either major or minor and either static (unchanging) or dynamic (changing). pain. young or old. rich or poor. James
. and love. Tristan 2.
Complication is the catalyst that begins the major conflict. The teachers: Mr Sewell and Mrs Robert 2.3. Climax is the turning point in the story that occurs when characters try to resolve the complication. 2. Resolution is the set of events that bring the story to a close. 3. 4. Mum
1. Kiara Jones
Narrative tradition calls for developing stories with particular pieces--plot elements--in place. Schoolmates: Jessica Parker. 1. Exposition is the information needed to understand a story.
. Tristan tells his mother that he does not want to go to Chesterlea Grange.Plot of the"Flipping Fantastic"
The main characters.
The climax occurs the day after the school play.
Both Tristan and James have mixed feelings about going to their new schools. Then. are introduced. They both realise how much they depend on each other and how difficult it would be to adapt to their new schools. We also learn more about the twins and the upcoming school play. They are worried about being separated and whether they can adapt to their new schools. Tristan is not sure whether to follow James to Highfields or to go to Chesterlea Grange on his own. Tristan. They are both happy in their new schools. James talks to him and Tristan changes his mind. Tristan and James react very differently to the school play. James and Mum.
This is the ending where the twins realise that they have made the right decision.
1. 3. as the theme of an evening of debates may be World Wide Inflation. is the central idea or ideas explored by a literary work.Theme.a word no good writer likes applied to his work . the two brothers are extremely close to each other." A work of literary may have more than one theme. Fear of change The twins fear change as they are very comfortable as they are presently. They depend on each other a lot and they fear being separated.
2. especially if they go to different schools. They are worried as they know their lives will be very different when they go to another school. in literature.
Themes of the "Flipping Fantastic" There are a few themes in this story. The pain of separation The twins experience the pain of separation when they have to go to different schools. The relationship between brothers Being twins. John Gardner puts it this way: "By theme here we mean not a message .but the general subject.
they find that they need not have worried as they adapt to their new school quickly and are extremely happy there. ethical. false. Mother's love The mother's love for her children is unlimited. in literature. She understands their characters well and worries about them constantly. In the end. She refuses to accept that Tristan has disabilities and her attitudes helps Tristan carry on with life in a positive manner.
5. She is proud and supportive of both her sons. true) conduct and what is wrong (dishonest.4.
. harmful) conduct held by individuals and held collectively by socially cohesive groups of individuals. is the beliefs and personal opinions about what is right (honest. Adapting to new environments The twins learn that they cannot fight change and they have to adapt to their new environments.
The reader has to interpret them and uncover their meaning. 2. may reveal the motivations.
The most obvious point of view is probably first person or "I. and gives the reader information. Parents who are patient and understanding can build a child's confidence and self-esteem. involved or uninvolved.
A narrator may be trustworthy or untrustworthy. With a limited omniscient narrator." The omniscient narrator knows everything.Moral Values of the "Flipping Fantastic" 1. It is in the form
. The objective point of view presents the action and the characters' speech. in third person. the material is presented from the point of view of a character.
Point of view: the perspective from which the story is told.
Point of View of the "Flipping Fantastic" This story is told in the first person point of view. thoughts and feelings of the characters. It is important to get co-operation and support from family members to make good decisions. without comment or emotion.
The three main characters give their personal points of view on the events and incidents that occur in the story.
.of a diary or journal.