October 31st: Halloween - Fudan University

October 31st: Halloween - Fudan University

A Ghost Story Mark Twain Plot Part 1: paragraph 1-10 Creating a horrifying atmosphere The bed clothes slipped away-a heavy footstephuge footprint-a series of noises-pallid faces and white uplifted hands

floating bodiless in the air-a huge,cloudy presence. Plot Part 2: paragraph 11-13 Conversation between the ghost of Cardiff Giant and I The ghost of the Cardiff Giant demanded that he

be reburied. The ghost was so confused that he haunted Barnums plaster copy of himself. The Cardiff Giant One of the most famous hoaxes in United States history A 10-foot (3.0 m)tall purported petrified man uncovered on October 16, 1869

Analysis Point of view: Firstperson narrative Tone: shift from timorous to accusing Mood: tension; anger Theme: To criticize the ridiculousness of the fake duplication; voice sympathy for the general public that has been

fooled by the fraud. Character: The Ghost Benignant, friendly When the narrator accused him of wrecking all the furniture, he answered with tears coming into his eyes. And when the narrator revealed the truth to him, he expressed an eloquent

look of shame. This forms a sharp contrast to what we think a ghost should be like, especially after all the foreshadowing of scary haunting. It can be interpreted as irony that even the ghost could feel ashamed of himself. Language: Auditory Description For the Celtic peoples, the New Year was celebrated on November 1st of every year. This date marked the end of Summer and the beginning of Winter.

I heard the muffled slamming of doors I heard, at intervals, stealthy footsteps creeping in and out among the corridors, and up and down the stairs I heard the clanking of chains faintly, in remote passages I heard muttered sentences; halfuttered screams that seemed smothered violently; and the swish of Language: Auditory Description

For the Celtic peoples, the New Year was celebrated on November 1st of every year. This date marked the end of Summer and the beginning of Winter. Unlike most of his works that are featured with colloquial speech, this novel does not contain much vernacular. However, Mark Twain also displays his excellent skill in describing different kinds of sound. Words like rustle, swish, rattle, clanking are illustrations of onomatopoeia. And phrases like the

swish of invisible garments, the rush of invisible wings vividly reveal to us Language: Synonym For the Celtic peoples, the New Year was celebrated on November 1st of every year. This date marked the end of Summer and the beginning of Winter. And as my reverie softened down to a sadder and sadder pathos, the shrieking of the winds outside softened to a wail, the angry beating of the rain against the panes

diminished to a tranquil patter, and one by one the noises in the street subsided, until the hurrying footsteps of the last belated straggler died away in the distance and left no sound behind. The Ending I heard his stately tramp die away, step by step down the stairs and out into the deserted street, and felt sorry that he was gone, poor fellowand sorrier still that he had carried off my red blanket and my

bath-tub. With the dying away of his stately tramp, the ghost vanished into the deserted street. It is left to the readers imagination where he would go. I think this ending symbolizes that although the fraud will be gradually forgotten by history, it remains a humiliation.

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