Gryphon Research Paper

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Dipprey 1 Wesley Dipprey Dr. Butterworth English 1302 3 March 2008 Literary Analysis: “Gryphon” Over the decades, many short stories have been bland and unoriginal. But, “Gryphon” by Charles Baxter, brings a unique and very unusual conflict into the world of short stories. The story of a rural town, Five Oaks, a fourth grade class has a substitute that challenges their way of thinking. “When a women we had never seen came into the class the next day, carrying a purple purse, a checkerboard lunchbox, and a few books”, the readers first impression of the substitute is that she is unusual when she walks in the classroom with her purple purse and a checkered board lunchbox. She then challenges the students way of thinking and brings a entirely different approach to teaching by giving the children “substitute facts” (Winans 1). In an interview, Charles Baxter, is asked what does the title of the story mean? The gryphon doesn't seem very important-- what does the idea of a gryphon bring to the story? “Ms. Ferenczi mentions the gryphon as an animal she's actually seen in Egypt. A gryphon, however, is an entirely imaginary creature, half eagle and half lion. In other words, a gryphon is made up of parts from the world, but these parts are combined in order to create a new, imaginary thing that does not exist in the world until someone thinks of it. She seems to feel that young people should be exposed to exotic facts and possibility of this sort. And of course it's possible to read the story with Ms. Ferenczi as something of a gryphon herself--half in this world, a world of concrete objects, and half out-of-this-world” (Baxter 1).
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Dipprey 2 The story is told from the eyes of a fourth grade boy in recollection. This first person point of view allows readers to interpret the story better. It also allows the main
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