And of Clay are We Created Analysis

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“And of Clay are We Created”
Literary Terms Analysis
Plot
The plot of a story is the sequence of events
which unfold.
Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created”
Exposition
Plot
The plot of a story is the sequence of events
which unfold.
Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created”
Exposition
A volcano erupts in
South America.
Plot
The plot of a story is the sequence of events
which unfold.
Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created”
Exposition
A volcano erupts in
South America.
Conflict
Plot
The plot of a story is the sequence of events
which unfold.
Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created”
Exposition
A volcano erupts in
South America.
Conflict
A little girl is stuck in
the rubble.
Plot
The plot of a story is the sequence of events
which unfold.
Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created”
Rising Action
The water is cold, and
the girl risks freezing.
Exposition
A volcano erupts in
South America.
Conflict
Plot
The plot of a story is the sequence of events
which unfold.
Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created”
Rising Action
A newspaper reporter
tries to free the girl,
Azucena.
The water is cold, and
the girl risks freezing.
Exposition
A volcano erupts in
South America.
Conflict
A little girl is stuck in
the rubble.
Plot
The plot of a story is the sequence of events
which unfold.
Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created”
They are missing
essential tools, and
can’t get a pump.
Rising Action
A newspaper reporter
tries to free the girl,
Azucena.
The water is cold, and
the girl risks freezing.
Exposition
A volcano erupts in
South America.
Conflict
A little girl is stuck in
the rubble.
Plot
The plot of a story is the sequence of events
which unfold.
Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created”
Climax
They are missing
essential tools, and
can’t get a pump.
Rising Action
A newspaper reporter
tries to free the girl,
Azucena.
The water is cold, and
the girl risks freezing.
Exposition
A volcano erupts in
South America.
Conflict
A little girl is stuck in
the rubble.
Plot
The plot of a story is the sequence of events
which unfold.
Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created”
Climax
They are missing
essential tools, and
can’t get a pump.
Rising Action
A newspaper reporter
tries to free the girl,
Azucena.
The water is cold, and
the girl risks freezing.
Exposition
A volcano erupts in
South America.
Conflict
A little girl is stuck in
the rubble.
Rolf and the Azucena
both give in to their
fates.
Plot
The plot of a story is the sequence of events
which unfold.
Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created”
Climax
They are missing
essential tools, and
can’t get a pump.
Rising Action
A newspaper reporter
tries to free the girl,
Azucena.
The water is cold, and
the girl risks freezing.
Exposition
A volcano erupts in
South America.
Conflict
A little girl is stuck in
the rubble.
Rolf and Azucena
both give in to their
fates.
Resolution
Plot
The plot of a story is the sequence of events
which unfold.
Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created”
Climax
They are missing
essential tools, and
can’t get a pump.
Rising Action
A newspaper reporter
tries to free the girl,
Azucena.
The water is cold, and
the girl risks freezing.
Exposition
A volcano erupts in
South America.
Conflict
A little girl is stuck in
the rubble.
Rolf and Azucena
both give in to their
fates.
Resolution
Azucena dies, and
Rolf is overcome with
grief and regret.
Plot
The plot of a story is the sequence of events
which unfold.
Plot Graph of “And of Clay are We Created”
They are missing
Rolf and Azucena
essential tools, and both give in to their
can’t get a pump. fates.
A newspaper reporter
tries to free the girl,
Azucena.
The water is cold, and
the girl risks freezing.
A volcano erupts in
South America.
A little girl is stuck in
the rubble.
Azucena dies, and
Rolf is overcome with
grief and regret.
Conflict
The conflict is the major “problem” that arises in
the story.
• Conflicts are either internal (occur within the character’s
own mind), or external (occur between the protagonist and
an outside force).
“And of Clay are We Created”
Internal Conflicts
External Conflicts
Rolf wants to help Azucena.
Azucena is buried in rubble from the volcano.
Rolf feels frustrated at his inability to get help. Rolf is unable to get Azucena free.
Rolf can’t let go of his memories of a war-torn
childhood.
Help and equipment are scarce at the disaster
site.
The narrator wants Rolf to be able to love her
enough to open his emotions.
The cold and exposure kill Azucena.
Major Conflict and Theme
Major Conflict: The volcano trapping Azucena and
eventually causing her death
+
Protagonist’s actions: Rolf ultimately failing to save
Azucena and watching her sink to the bottom of the
mudhole
=
Theme: Humanity is incapable of overcoming
many catastrophes despite noble efforts.
Point-of-View
The point-of-view is the vantage point from
which a story is told.
• First-person narrators tell the story as though they
are a character in the action
“And of Clay are We Created”
“Nothing could stop him, and I was
always amazed at his equanimity in
the face of danger and suffering; it
seemed as if nothing could shake his
fortitude or deter his curiosity.”
Eva Luna acts as the narrator
Protagonist
Rolf Carle is the protagonist, or main character,
in the story “And of Clay Are We Created.”
Why isn’t Azucena considered the protagonist? Isn’t she the one
that most of the action centered around?
While it is true that most of the action centered around Azucena,
Rolf Carle is the one who faces the internal conflict and the agony
of attempting, and failing, to save Azucena’s life. He is the
character who is forced to face his past and the demons he tried
to bury as a result of that traumatic childhood. The internal
conflict that centers around Rolf Carle makes him the protagonist
of this story.
Antagonist
The antagonist in “And of Clay Are We Created”
is nature: both the nature of the world,
and the nature of human beings
to sometimes focus more on the
publicity of human suffering than
on the victims themselves.
Mood
The emotional atmosphere, or mood, of the
story “And of Clay Are We Created” is very
somber.
• The author’s style used vivid figurative language to convey
the terror of Azucena’s and Rolf’s situations.
Tone
The author’s tone, or attitude, towards human
ability to contain the effects of catastrophes is
bleak.
The volcano erupted
with no regard for the
village or the people
who suffered.
Rolf was unable to help
Azucena despite all of
his efforts.
The reporters were
more interested in
capturing the story than
helping the victims.
Author’s Purpose
The author’s purpose, or the reason she wrote
this story, is to illustrate the indifference of
nature, and sometimes even humans, to
suffering.
Author’s Purpose
The author’s purpose supports the theme.
Author’s Purpose
Theme
to illustrate the indifference of
nature, and sometimes even
humans, to suffering.
Humanity is incapable of
overcoming many catastrophes
despite noble efforts.
Rolf’s inability to save
Azucena, even though
he tried everything in
his power, illustrates
this theme.

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