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5 APRIL 2010
SHORT STORY : QWERTYUIOP BY VIVIEN ALCOCK TOPIC : THE PLOT 1. The plot in the story comprises of the following :
A) EXPOSITION : The main character Lucy Beck is introduced as an underachiever that even her principal of Belmont Secretarial College Mrs. Price has low expectations of her. Even her mother is shocked when Lucy gets the job as a secretary.
B) RISING ACTION : Lucy finds trouble typing her first letter as the typewriter keeps typing the wrong word QWERTYUIOP which is the top line of letters on the keyboard of a typewriter. She uses liquid paper to erase the mistakes but the typewriter keeps typing the words of warning that is meant to scare Lucy away like the other new secretaries before her. Lucy remembers bits and pieces of the warning given by the janitor Harry Darke. When she realizes that she is dealing with the supernatural, Lucy gets up and runs to the door. However, she soon realizes that she needs to face up to her fears as she does not want to continue living life as a poor person. She then goes back to her table to complete the letter.
C) CLIMAX : The ghost of Miss Broome becomes angry when Lucy is adamant in staying as the new secretary. The ghost then rocks the electric typewriter making it scream and shake, snapping the keys of the machine like castanets. Lucy fights with the machine for a whole hour as she continuously attacks it using lots of correcting fluid. She tries to erase all the mistakes that the typewriter has produced.
D) FALLING ACTION :
FRIDAY LITERATURE 16TH APRIL 2010 SHORT STORY : QWERTYUIOP BY VIVIEN ALCOCK TOPIC : THEMES AND MORAL VALUES. Darke respects Lucy for her bravery in facing up to the ghost of Miss Broome. She feels sympathetic towards Miss Broome who according to Mr. Lucy recognizes Miss Broome s loneliness and desperate need to belong. Mr. Darke. has no family that would own her. Ross becomes very happy with Lucy s work and Mr. Because of this Lucy manages to overcome the problems she has with both of them.Lucy s letters that she manages to type out are accepted and signed by Mr. The next morning. E) RESOLUTION : Lucy calls a truce with Miss Broome when she shows her some kindness and com passion. B) Understanding other people s problems : Mr. She realizes that he too is feeling lonesome and unwanted. THEMES : A) The Struggle for Survival : Lucy would not give up her position as the secretary and struggles to overcome the problems she faces with the electric typewriter. Darke tells Lucy everything about the late Miss Broome. Lucy tells her that Mr. Banister her boss truly values her and still needs her now that he has also passed on. . C) Compassion for other people : Lucy recognizes the feelings faced by Miss Broome and her Uncle Bert and shows her understanding and compassion towards them. Ross. 1. Lucy types a goodbye note for Miss Broome. The revelation of the feeling of loneliness and being unwanted leads her to understand Uncle Bert better. Darke shows his understanding of the problem Lucy is facing and supports her by praising her bravery and providing her with a big bottle of correction fluid she would need to complete typing her letters. Mr.
she still remains strong. In the end Lucy manages to complete a small number of letters which she leaves on Mr. Even though the ghost of Miss Broome interrupts her typing. She realizes that both these people feel rejected and lonely. Lucy shows her kindness by showing the ghost of Miss Broome that the reason why the company gave her a retirement is because they worry about her health. MORAL VALUES : A) Be kind to others especially to those less fortunate : Lucy is both kind and sympathetic towards the ghost of Miss Broome and her Uncle Bert. . Ross s table.2. Even after realizing that she was fighting a ghost she decided to continue fighting and not let the ghost scares her away. B) Work hard to gain success : Lucy is determine to be successful in her new job. she continues to type the letters although she has to stop regularly to correct the mistakes. C) Be strong when faced by problems : Even though Lucy faces problems from the ghost of Miss Broome. She also gives assurance to Uncle Bert that she and her mother want him to live with them as part of their family.