Poison

By: Ishita, Eli, Jackson,Tyler, Bennett, and Cole

Background

  • "Poison" is written by Roald Dahl.
  • Poison was set in India during the British rule.
  • This is a story about Harry pope who thinks there is a snake on his stomach. Harry Pope is perfectly willing to tolerate Dr. Ganderbai as long as his life is in danger, but as soon as Ganderbai dares to question the white man, Harry becomes racist.

Characters

Harry

  • Harry, a british man, who lies about having a snake on his chest.

  • He is the central character, Dynamic character, and a round character.

  • “'Why, you dirty little Hindu sewer rat!, 'Shut up, Harry!' I said’. 'You dirty black-‘ 'Harry!'”


Dr. Ganderbai

  • He is a Indian village Doctor who is treating Harry.

  • He is the central character qand a Flat character.

  • “'Mr Pope, you are of course quite sure you saw it in the

first place?' There was a note of sarcasm in Ganderbai's

voice that he would never have employed in ordinary

circumstances,..”

Plot


Timber is just getting home when he realizes his master, Harry, has a snake on his stomach. To take precautions, he calls the local doctor, Dr. Ganderbai to bring over anti venom. Once he gets there, he gives the anti venom to Harry. They slowly lift off the covers only to find no snake. Dr. Ganderbai questions Harry if there was ever any snake to begin with. Ganderbai leaves, frustrated that there was no snake.

LIterary Devices

Simile- A figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (e.g., as brave as a lion, crazy like a fox ).


  1. "The question came so sharply it was like a small explosion in my ear." (Dahl pg.2)

When Timber told Dr. Ganderbai that he needed a serum for a krait bite, Dr. Ganderbai responded very loudly because he thought someone was bitten and he was scared.


2. "He was still speaking like he'd been shot in the stomach."


An example of imagery is "I saw the needle above his vein, Ganderbai holding the syringe almost flat against the arm, sliding the needle sideways through the skin into the blue vein, sliding it slowly but so firmly it went in smooth as into cheese."

Suspense

1. A state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen

2. The temporary cessation or suspension of something


- This whole story is very suspenseful but the best example is at the climax Timber and Mr. Ganderbai are about to take the blanket off. "'We must be careful,' he said. 'It may be anywhere. It could be up the leg of his pajamas.'" (Dahl 88) Suspense is a very important part of the story because it increases the tension of the story and makes the reader want to read more.

Irony

The expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.

- From the beginning of the story, the reader is afraid that there is a snake in Harry’s bed that will bite Harry. In the end, the reader finds out that there was no snake at all. That whole situation is irony.

Theme

" The poison of prejudice is as deadly as the VENOM of a snake."