Use the model below to help you create your digital literary analysis script. You may imitate the form and format. When in doubt about what to do, look at the model. The model is written based on the story “Flushie” which we read during the first nine weeks. You should have a copy of this story in your binder or folder to consult if needed.
Model Literary Analysis Script: “Flushie”
SLIDE 1 (title slide): In the short story “Flushie,” Neal Shusterman uses foreshadowing and parallel structure to develop the theme. These tools of author’s craft are keys to understanding the shocking message of this dark tale.
SLIDE 2 (first element): Shusterman cleverly uses foreshadowing to build interest in the story. For instance, the explosively violent end of “Flushie” is foreshadowed when Duncan buys the fireworks. Eugene, the guy who sells the fireworks, tells Duncan: “Quarter stick of dynamite in each one—make a blast you can hear all the way to Jersey. Guaranteed to make a big splash with all your friends” (131). This line foreshadows the fact that Duncan plans on blowing something up. Notice the ironic pun found in big splash—they are all sadly destined to splash onto the concrete below when the pool explodes.
SLIDE 3 (second element): Shusterman also uses parallel structure to develop the theme. In the beginning of the story, Brett gives the “thumbs-up” signal to fellow bully Nate as they flush Duncan. At the end of the story, Duncan pretends to help Brett out of the discharging pool, “but instead of taking Brett’s hand, Duncan [closes] his fingers into a fist and [gives] Brett a thumbs-up” (138). This parallels the beginning of the story with the roles ironically reversed—now Brett is the one who will be flushed but to his death! It highlights how cruel Duncan has now become.
SLIDE 4 (conclusion): Neal Shusterman’s use of foreshadowing and parallel structure provides clues to the theme of the story. Basically, Shusterman has crafted a story that forcefully asserts the fact that bullying benefits no one and hurts everyone involved—the victim, the bystanders, and the bully. Therefore, bullying must be stopped and can’t be ignored.
SLIDE 5 (works cited):
Shusterman, Neal. “Flushie.” Darkness Creeping. New York: Puffin Books, 2007.
NOTE: You must also cite each background image following
the guidelines discussed in class once we’re in the lab.