The important problem (also called inciting incident or conflict, etc) in the story is found in line 20 (We must understand the inciting problem in a story because the rising action, climax, and other events in the story are based on this problem) :
“A barn? You’re going to build another barn where we were going to have a house?”
Lines 40 to 44 are also very important:
“Her mother scrubbed a dish fiercely. “You haven’t found out yet we’re women-folks, Nanny Penn,” she said. One of these days, you’ll find it out how men think women-folks are supposed to be. Then you’ll know that we know only what men-folks think we do. Men-folks think we should consider them in like Providence4 and not complain of what they do any more than we should complain about the weather. “
Below, please post your answers for these 3 questions (please write several sentences or a short paragraph for each answer) :
- What do you think will happen in the story? Will Mother make Father build a new house? Will Father build the barn, as planned? What will happen? What may be the climax of the story?
- Why didn’t Father tell Mother about his plan to build a new barn?
- Why do you think this kind of conflict occurs in a family?
Tomorrow, we will spend more time talking about this story and its themes.