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NP1- Novel Analysis

so, this is my story analysis for the ten chapter novella i will be writing. TITLE suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated, seeing as the one i have now is painfully clichè. :P but really, suggestions on anything would be so very welcome. and thankfully, this analysis is a “working document that can be changed as needed.”

and my thoughts on the project thus far? GOOD GOSH, i hope i don’t die. i’m not even asking that i do well, i’m just asking that i SURVIVE. >_<

Title: The Legacy (title subject to change)

Author: Beth Campbell

Genre: Historical Fiction

Audience: Any literate person, particularly young adults.

Characters

Robert Valenti: Handsome, outgoing, brave, and purpose driven, Robert Valenti is a 27-year-old from California who joins the U.S. Army during World War II. He has a wife, Julie, and a young son, Karl. He has green eyes, dirty blonde hair, and a confident smile. Since he is an officer in the Army for most of the story, his attire consists of whichever uniform the occasion dictates. With his wife and son he is loving and kind. On the battlefield, he is quick, precise, and capable of making vital decisions.

Karl Valenti: The son of Robert Valenti, Karl is very young when his father dies, but the legacy left by Robert gives Karl a purpose that inspires him for the rest of his life. He becomes successful as a general in the U.S. Army, but, like his father, he is really a gentle soul. Not prone to complaining, he has great fortitude and takes everything in stride. He has blue eyes and brown hair.

Dwayne Carson: Karl’s best friend during childhood and adolescence, Dwayne’s life was affected not only by Karl’s friendship, but also by Robert Valenti’s heroism. He too joined the Army, although he retired from it after only a few years. He went on to become a math teacher, father, and grandfather. As a young man, he is athletic and is an especially fast runner. In the modern day scenes, he has grey hair, although it was light brown when he was younger. However, he always has his twinkling blue eyes and contagious laugh.

Zoe Carson: A 16-year-old California girl, Zoe is Dwayne’s granddaughter. Although rambunctious, energetic, and outgoing, she struggles with finding direction for her life. She has black hair, brown eyes, and is short in stature. Like her grandfather, she is athletic and loves to run.

Point of View

The POV will switch from 1st person, past tense to 3rd person, omniscient, past tense.

Setting

California. The Philippines. Although some events will take place in the modern day, the main focus of the story will be during WWII.

Plot Outline

This inspirational story starts out from the first person perspective of a modern day, California teenage girl. She is spending time with her grandfather when he gets a call that leads him to believe that his childhood friend, Karl Valenti, is trying to get back in contact with him. As they try to investigate the situation, the grandfather is excited by the memories that are flooding him, and he tells the incredible story of Karl’ father. At this point, it switches to third person perspective, and flashes back to the 1940’s. Robert Valenti is a young man with a wife and young son, when he joins the U.S. Army as an officer during WWII. When in the Philippine Islands, he courageously sacrifices his own life to save the lives of his men. His heroism becomes a constant source of inspiration in the life of his son Karl, who follows in his father’s footsteps and goes on to become a General in the U.S. Army.

Conflict

[Under construction]

Theme

With hard work, determination, and purpose, you can accomplish your dreams and aspirations.

Literary Devices

Flashback

Caesura

Epilogue

Feedback

I am particularly excited to begin writing this novel due to the fact that it is inspired by a true story (although the majority of the content will be fictional). I anticipate having to do a lot of research on the time period for this project.

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Story Analysis- Mr. Midshipman Horblower

as you may have surmised from the J15 assignment, i have a great fondness for the Horatio Hornblower book series. this story analysis is not too different from my last description of Hornblower’s story, except that this one only covers the first book, is much more detailed, and of course, is more left-brain oriented. 

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Title: Mr. Midshipman Hornblower.

Author: C.S. Forester.

Genre: Historical Fiction.

Audience: Any literate person.

 Characters

Horatio Hornblower: An introverted, 17-year-old youth who has had a lonely childhood, Hornblower seeks a living as an officer in the British Royal Navy. He knows little of the occupation he has chosen, but his keen mathematical mind, quick learning abilities, and a good education have given him an advantage. He has no friends and very little money. He is constantly plagued by self-doubt, fear, depression, and loneliness. Despite his obvious lack of self-worth, he has a reckless courage and determination. He is tall, skinny, pitifully uncoordinated, and has dark eyes.

John Simpson: A swarthy, good-looking senior midshipman, Simpson is the official bully of the Justinian. He is not very intelligent, especially mathematically, and he holds grudges against anyone who is smarter than himself. He harbors a lot of anger, and takes it out by making the lives of the other midshipmen miserable. Due to his tyranny, he has no friends, although he does have cronies who carry out his sadistic bidding.

Sir Edward Pellew: The captain of the Indefatigable, Pellew is bold, intelligent, and becomes a sort of mentor to young Hornblower. The middle-aged captain is renowned and respected for his bravery and success, and he leads his crew with confidence. He occasionally has an outburst of anger and impatience, but is mostly level-headed and never acts in rashness.

The Duchess of Wharfedale: Although at first posing as a Duchess, and referred to as such, she is actually an actress by the name of Katherine Cobham. Under the guise of the Duchess, she has an uncivilized accent, is not particularly smart, and has a strange sense of humor. As herself, however, she is bright, charming, and brave. She is middle-aged and has bold blue eyes and a faded beauty.

Point of View

Third person; mainly told from Hornblower’s perspective, but sometimes from the perspective of someone who is observing him.

Setting

The time is 1793, just before the start of the Napoleonic Wars.  The location changes between various ships, including a battleship, a brig, a privateer, and a sloop; but the most prominent ship is a British frigate named the Indefatigable. Some time is also spent in a Spanish prison.

Plot Outline

As an inexperienced midshipman in His Majesty’s Royal Navy, Horatio Hornblower has much to learn. His limited nautical vernacular makes it difficult for him to assimilate, but his limited social skills are even worse. Faced with Spanish and French who would imprison him, bullying senior officers, and personal failure, he meets adventures and misadventures at every turn. Then, of course, there is his inescapable seasickness which he becomes regrettably infamous for. Through his determination, bravery, and self-sacrifice, he must prove to his peers and senior officers that he is made of mettle worth reckoning with. Most importantly, however, he must prove this to himself.

Conflict

Man vs. self: Hornblower’s self-doubt and lack of self-esteem is crippling, and he must fight to overcome it to become a successful officer. His lack of coordination and natural skill also presents obstacles.

Man vs. man: When he first becomes a midshipman, Hornblower is mercilessly teased by the other midshipmen, particularly a bully named Simpson. They make fun of his inexperience, his shyness, his seasickness, and even his lonely childhood.

Man vs. man: Hornblower and the crew of his ships are often in battle with the French or Spanish.

Man vs. environment: Living at sea, one of Hornblower’s most constant battles is with the elements of nature. Gales, waves, running aground, and worst of all, fire are feared on the wooden ships. Also, as he is particularly prone to seasickness, simply being at sea causes  problems for Hornblower.

Theme

Although it is often difficult to do what is morally right, being honorable, courageous, and self-sacrificing will always benefit you in the end. Sometimes that benefit is through recognition, promotion, respect, etc., but sometimes it is simply through the satisfaction and self-worth that comes with knowing you did the right thing.

Literary Devices

Allusion: “So might Daniel have looked about him at the lions when he first entered their den.”

Flashback: “It was like the games Hornblower had played as a lonely little boy, when he had sat in the empty pig-trough and pretended he was cast away in an open boat.”

Personification: “… hope reasserted itself…”

Simile: “The British seamen were yelling like madmen.”

Feedback

I personally enjoy this book because Horatio Hornblower is very relatable. I also find the nautical vocabulary and naval history vastly interesting. C.S. Forester writes with a style that is both intellectual and understandable.