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THE SELFISH GIANT

ANALYSIS
DR. SUJATHA MENON
CONFLICT
PLOT CHARACTER

ELEMENTS OF A SHORT
STORY

SETTING THEME
POINT OF VIEW
PLOT

This tells us
how the writer
presents the
story to the
reader.
EXPOSITION

COMPLICATION
PLOT
RESOLUTION

CLIMAX

CODA
EXPOSITION

The giant and


the children
are introduced
in the story.
The setting is
also described.
COMPLICATION
The giant
returns to his
castle and sees
the children.
He sends them
away and
builds a wall.
Only winter
stays in his
garden because
he is selfish.
RESOLUTION
The giant sees
spring in his
garden because
the children
are there. He
places the little
boy on the tree
and knocks
down the wall.
He plays with
the children in
his garden.
CLIMAX

The giant sees


the little boy
who is little
Jesus. He takes
him to Paradise
for his good
nature and
generosity.
CODA

The children
see the giant
dead and
covered with
white flowers.
CHARACTERS
CHARACTERS

Unseen
Character
THE GIANT

The giant is the central


character in the story.
He is a round character
because his character
changes in the story.
At first, he is selfish, but
later he becomes generous
and kind-hearted.
At the end, the giant
goes to Paradise for his
kind-hearted and sharing
nature.
THE CHILDREN

The children also play an


important role in the story.
They are flat characters
because they dont change
in the story.
At first, they are afraid of
the giant because he is
rude to them. Later, they
become friends with him
when they see that he is
kind.
SNOW, FROST, NORTH
WIND, AND HAIL

They are minor


characters in the story.
They occupy the
giants garden because
they know he is selfish
and so Spring will not
come there.
But they all leave
when Spring enters the
garden.
THE LITTLE BOY

The little boy is also an


important character in the
story.
He is little Jesus who comes
to teach the giant the lesson
of sharing.
When the giant becomes
generous, he comes to take
him to Paradise.
He shows him through his
wounds how sacrifice and
sharing are the best qualities
in the world.
THE CORNISH OGRE

He is just mentioned in
the story as the giants
friend.
He is an unseen person
because there is no
description of him
anywhere in the story.
He is an unimportant
character in the story.
SETTING

Place: The giants garden


Season: Spring, Autumn, Winter
Time: Day (morning, afternoon,
evening)
CONFLICT (OUTER)

VS.
CONFLICT (INNER)

VS.
THEME
One must learn to share
with others. Only in
sharing there is true
happiness.
POINT OF VIEW

The story follows the third person


point of view. The narrator (the
author or the person telling the
story) is just an outsider or a
third person.