Poison

By: Roald Dahl

Characters

Timber - Timber seems like a very caring and nice person. In the story Timber is the one who calls a doctor and takes care of Harry. Throughout the story Timber tells Harry to stay still so that he doesn't get bitten by the krait. "Don't move and don't talk anymore unless you have to, you know it won't bite unless it's frightened. We'll fix it in no time." (Dahl 1) This quote also shows how calm Timber tries to be in this situation of danger. Another word for Timber is prepared. "If Harry coughed or moved or did something to frighten the krait and got bitten, I was going to be ready to cut the bitten place and try to suck the venom out."(Dahl 2) Timber is a flat and static character because his personality doesn't change through the story.


Harry Pope - Harry Pope is the man in danger in this story. In the beginning of the book he is very disturbed and unsettled because he thinks there is a poisonous krait on his stomach. "Don't touch the bed! For God's sake don't touch the bed!" He was still speaking like he had been shot in the stomach..." (Dahl 1) Then at the end of the book you realize that Harry is a very short tempered and angry person. "Are you telling me I'm a liar? shouted Harry." (Dahl 4) "Why, you dirty little Hindu sewer rat!" (Dahl 4) In this part of the story Harry takes out his anger on the doctor causing him to leave. Harry is a round and dynamic character because he seems to change and become angry at the nd o the book.


Ganderbai - The main characteristics of Ganderbai is that he is very knowledgable and prepared. He is the doctor who Timber calls to help Harry, and came instantly and ready to save Harry. "First thing is to try to get some serum into him, he said and he opened his bag and started to make preparations."(Dahl 2) "You know what we must do - we must administer an aesthetic to the creature where it lies. It was a splendid idea. Ganderbai is a flat character because he stays the same and has the same personality through the whole story.

Irony

The theme of the story prejudice is poison. It is ironic that when the pope needs help, he isn't racist but when he finds out that there is no snake on his chest, then he becomes as racist as can be. Also it is ironic that the Pope was afraid of being bitten by a poisonous snake when the real poison was already inside of him running through his veins. "Why you dirty little Hindu sewer rat!" (Dahl, 4).

Setting

Place: Bungalow in India

Time: around midnight

Conflict

The main conflict is man versus nature. This is between Harry and the krait. The second conflict in the story is man versus man and it is between Harry, a British man, and Ganderbai, the Indian doctor.

Climax

The climax of the story is when Ganderbai and Timber remove the sheet from Harry's stomach and find out that there is no krait on Harry's stomach.

Point of View

This story was written in 1st person. This is because one of the characters writes the in their point of view. 1st person uses personal pronouns such as I, me, mine, our, we, or us. The story Poison was written by Timber, one of the main characters.

Theme

The poison of prejudice is as lethal as the venom of a reptile.

Author

Roald Dahl was born September 13 1916 and he died at the age of 74 in Oxford, England on November 23 1990. He had 5 children, his first child died a very young age to a disease that was uncurable. Has written over 40 children stories through his life as an author. He was drafted in the war at the age of 23 and was lieutenant during World War ll. He served 7 years in the army. After the war he lived a pretty civil life, writing stories and got married. But he did happen to get divorce to the mother of his 5 children and lost a child to a deadly diease.

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Literary Elements

Tone: Tone is what the book makes the reader mainly feel throughout the story. In Poison by Roald Dahl, the story gives the reader an intense and "in the moment" feeling, where it could flip to something more dramatic within seconds. It causes much emotion for it describes the characters in ways such as breathing heavily, sweating, and so on.

Imagery: Imagery is the detail to picture that the author shows within the text. The wording and imagery in Poison is very detailed. The author uses the imagery to get across the tension and to show how the characters are feeling at that time. For example, Timber gets home only to see that Harry laying in his bed sweating very heavily, and has been for hours.

Diction: Diction is the choice of words that the author uses to help the reader better understand the story, and it helps describe events in the story. The words in Poison are carefully used to give more insight and information on the story. The choice of words show that Harry is Brittish because he uses the words bloody and holiday. Also, it is used to show racism toward the doctor, who is a different race.

Style: Style is like how the sentence structure is in the story. Roald Dahl's style of writing in Poison is to have only the important things and the emotional attachment. It does not show any extra information and sticks to the point, but does include a large amount of detail and imagery.

Symbolism: Symbolism is the key objects or words used in the story to symbolize or show something. Roald Dahl shows racial and cultural differences to portray the theme. Instead of using the word house, it uses "bungalow" to show that they are in India. It also uses cultural words like "Bloody" which shows that they are British. The krait is used because it is very poisonous and deadly, which increases intensity in the story, thus helping portray the theme.


Plot

Harry thinks that there is a crate on his stomach. Timber comes in his room and sees how scared he is. Timber calls a doctor, the doctor moves the sheets from Harry's body and sees that there is no crate. The doctor thinks the crate might in his pj's but he didn't see it. The doctor doesn't even believe that there is a crate. The doctor questions Harry and Harry insults the doctor. The doctor feels so insulted that he leaves Harry to be.

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