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The Tiger Who Came To Demonstrate Literary Themes At Tea-time !
on 22 February 2018
I didn't like this book as a kid in the late 70s - early 80s. So stupid about the water. You drink from COLD, but bathe in HOT.
However, I use the DRAMATICA theory of story writing, and now fully understand all themes being demonstrated.
Let us start . . .
HUMAN V SELF - the internal mind
Decent Sophie and Mum battle between the ideas - Is the knock at the door - The Milkman or the Butcher's Boy ?
They NEED / EXPEDIENCY to open the door to achieve success in their first task !
The Tiger may make a fabricated excuse - "I'm Hungry". He takes RESPONSIBILITY too far - with little regard for Sophie and her Mum.
He also uses COMMITMENT to cause havoc.
HUMAN V HUMAN - Hell Is Other People - or tigers !
Mum has little SUSPICION about the tiger. FALSE / EVIDENCE - The tiger looks and sounds nice enough.
TRUTH - The tiger may be more trouble than he looks.
CLOSURE - BIG THEME - The days of food in the home have come to an end.
DENIAL - BIG THEME - The tiger has also drunk all liquid ingredients. This includes tap water, so Sophie cannot even have a bath.
In a picture, Sophie still loves the tiger. She regards him with great VALUE and WORTH. She has great CONFIDENCE in him.
APPRAISAL - Mum worries about Dad's dinner.
DOUBT - Dad doubts that there will be no solution to this problem.
INVESTIGATION - He talks to Sophie and Mum.
RE APPRAISAL - "Let's go to the cafe," says Dad.
HUMAN V NATURE - doing things
SKILL - The family put hats and coats on . . .
EXPERIENCE - They make a trip down a fascinating dark street to the cafe.
HUMAN V TIME
THREAT - Sophie's threat decreases in the safety of the cafe. She enjoys chips and sausages.
SECURITY - Sophie's security grows more, then she eats an ice cream.
ATTRACTION / WORK - Sophie and her Mum work within their abilities to buy more food from the shops.
ATTEMPT - Sadly, Sophie makes an incompetent plan. She buys TIGER FOOD for when it returns.
IT NEVER DID . . .
Hope this makes things clearer. Yes, it sounds like Mr. Spock wrote this assessment.
Please notice use of cat/tiger "leitmotif" and also red-orange colours in illustrations that reflect the colouring of the tiger.