Jewels of the Sea”
the author sometimes contrast story characters to better illustrate each
character’s unique traits.
When the younger brother cannot
find the hook, he makes five hundred hooks from his sword.
The older brother shouts and calls his younger brother “a clumsy,
blundering fool.” The younger
brother is kind, while the older brother is selfish.
two stones are both large and beautiful jewels, and they both possess certain
powers. One has the power to call
forth the waters of the sea. The
other has the power to make these waters recede.
Strategic readers pay attention to a character’s motivation. In other words, they try to understand why a character does
what he or she does. A
character’s actions move the plot along; so understanding character motivation
helps readers understand the plot.
The prince gives the two young
maidens a precious stone. Why? What
is his motivation? - he is a
“good” prince so he probably gave the maidens the stone to thank them.
old man-the motivation of minor characters is not as important to the
development of the plot as in the motivation of main characters.
On page 223, the king talks to a silver fish and a red snapper. How does this dialogue contribute to the story?
reader picture the action;
define each character;
the story along;
page 225, what purpose does the dialogue at the end of the story serve?