The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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The Westing Game starts out with the delivery of six letters signed by Barney Northrup, to six different households on the Fourth of July. The letters offer a once in a lifetime chance to rent an apartment at the new and luxurious Sunset Towers, located on the shores of Lake Michigan. However, in the movie, Sunset Towers was located in the city. In the book, Sunset Towers was built mostly of glass and stood five stories high. Noticed in both the book and movie, Sunset Towers oddly faces east instead of west where the sun actually sets. In both the movie and the book, Barney Northrup manages to rent all the apartments out to the six hand selected households, which includes the Wexler family, the Theodorakis family, the Hoo family, …show more content…
Denton Deere, while in the movie, get a clue, Angela is marring Edgar Plum because of the lack of Denton Deere. I feel that taking away Flora, Denton, Theo and his family except Chris put too many roles on the other characters. In the Westing Game and Get a Clue after the heirs gathered at the appointed time in the Westing house, attorney E.J. Plum read the will and testament, where Sam Westing revealed, "I did not die of natural causes. My life was taken from me-by one of you!" The will proceeds to ask the sixteen heirs to play a game in which they have to solve the mystery of his murder. The lawyer then splits up the heirs into eight groups of two, in which each group received an envelope containing a check for ten thousand dollars and a set of clues in which no two sets were alike. The will states: "Spend it wisely or go for broke. May God thy gold refine" and "It is not what you have, it's what you don't have that counts." Meanwhile, the "Westing game" had begun and the groups started to examine their clues. In the Westing game, one of the authors themes became apparent in how all the groups interpreted the clues differently. For instance, one group thought that "Take stock in America, go for broke" from the will meant to invest the money in the stock market, so they did. Yet, other groups had interpreted their clues to represent people's names, apartment numbers, and

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