Ghosts Through Windows : Analysis Of Saki's The Open Window By Alyssa Linehan

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Ghosts Through Windows: Analysis of Saki’s “The Open Window” by Alyssa Linehan “The Open Window” by Saki is a casual, yet interesting short story of one’s adventure to the country seeking peace for his illness. This is a great piece of literature due to how clearly and interesting the story is written, Saki uses all of the plot elements to successfully build this story. The exposition introduces the mood, characters and setting . An expositions purpose is to describe or explain the beginning of a story. In this story’s exposition, a man with the name Framton Nuttel is visiting the Sappletons out in the country around the month of October. Once he arrives he waits for Mrs. Sappleton. Her fifteen year old niece Vera, keeps him company while he waits. “‘My aunt will be down presently, Mr. Nuttel,’ said a very self-possessed young lady of fifteen; ‘in the meantime you must try to put up with me.’”(page) This is a great way for the reader to understand the beginning of the story and the characters. The next element is the inciting incident, which presents the central conflict. The central conflict of “The Open Window” is that Vera tells Framton about the death of her aunt’s husband and brothers three years ago. "’Out through that window, three years ago to a day, her husband and her two young brothers went off for their day's shooting. They never came back.’” (page) She tells him that the window is open for them to return. This is the start of when the reader

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