The Visitors 1. The narrator of the story is Ellen's friend, Katie (the main protagonist). Katies character can be best described as humorous, sarcastic, shallow-minded, lazy, laid back, and a detail oriented person. Throughout the story, she makes very whimsical comments which display hints of sarcasm. For example on page 2 of the story, she says “the coalition of my legs and stomach decided to report me that this hike was a dumb idea,” since she was so famished and tired from hiking up the rocky steambed trail, and decided to explain it in a sarcastic and humorous way. On page 2, Katie says “I forgot for a minute. Why is fun to haul your body up the side of a mountain? And Ellen tells her to toughen up and stop being so lazy because hard work gives the greatest rewards. Another instance was on page 5 where Sith said “I have a white coat, an inner case of velvet, and gold at the heart” and Katie said “I tried to catch Ellen’s eye. Was this guy on something or what?” because she d oesn't think much beyond superficialities and surface meaning, since she lacks intellectual depth and curiosity. However, she also shows a very positive trait. On page 3 of the story, she says “ My favourite moment hiking is when you come up above the tree line. Everything opens up and becomes light outside and inside, and you feel like the discoverer of the top of the world” or on page 4 where she states “The moss was soft, and the warmth of the sun heated rock radiated through the thin covering and onto my arms and the back of my knees. She pays very close attention to detail, and she plays her role as narrator splendidly, and provides excellent imagery for the readers to experience different situations in their minds. 2. “Was this guy on something or what?” page 5. This uses sarcasm and humour because Katie implies that she believes that Sith was intoxicated since his riddle was so odd. “It is a good idea to pay attention when parents are discussing their youths. It can often make useful ammunition. Page 2. This uses humour because Katie uses her mother's trip to Europe to justify herself visiting the cross-country ski hut with Ellen. “My legs were just starting to ask questions again when we arrived.” page 4. This uses sarcasm because it does not point to the direct meaning that her legs began talking, but it just means that they began to hurt/ache when they arrived.
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- Fall '10
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