Qwertyuiop Short Story Analysis

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1.0 SYNOPSIS

QWERTYUIOP tells of a young secretary’s struggle with her predecessor to hold on to her job by communicating through the electric typewriter. Lucy Beck who has just started working at Ross and Bannister’s finds the typewriter haunted by Miss Broome, her predecessor. The latter does not want anybody to take over her place and so haunts the typewriter, making it almost impossible for anyone to type out letters. Lucy is determined to hold on to her job. She battles it out with the spirit and finally is able to give Miss Broome’s spirit peace of mind. She does not disturb Lucy anymore.

2.0 THEME

 Determination brings success.
• Lucy determines to hold on to the job as secretary although she scared to the spirit of Miss
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• Quite annoying but helpful.

 Miss Broome.
• The former secretary at Ross and Bannister’s.
• Had been the secretary there for 43 years.
• Retired and had died but she could not let go of her post; came back to disturb the new secretaries, scaring them using the electric typewriter.
• Emotional and temperamental.

 Lucy’s mother.
• Understanding and loving.

 Mr. Ross.
• George Ross, Lucy’s boss.
• Critical, commenting on Lucy’s work although she knew about the spirit who always disturbed his secretaries.

 Uncle Bert.
• Lucy’s uncle.
• Sensitive.

 Mrs. Price.
• Lucy’s teacher.
• Underestimate Lucy’s ability.

6.0 POINT OF VIEW
 Third person or omniscient point of view.

7.0 TONE, MOOD, ATMOSPHERE
 The tone in the story is one of understanding and sympathy. The mood in one of uncertainty and the atmosphere serious and slightly scary at times.
8.0 LANGUAGE AND STYLE
 The language writer used in this story is simple. She used words and sentences that are easy to understand especially to secondary school students. The style that used in this story is straightforward because the flow of the story is in logical and sensible order. There are not much flashbacks used by the writer in the story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR The writer of the short story QWERTYUIOP is Vivien Alcock. Her real name is Vivien Dolores Alcock. Vivien Alcock was born on September 23, 1924 in Worthing, Sussex, England. She was an author
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