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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Form 4 Literature Component : Short story

THE FRUITCAKE SPECIAL
By Frank Brennan
 
PLOT: 
EXPOSITION
Anna works in Amos Cosmetics factory. She is a chemist and she designs perfume for the company.
RISING ACTION 
One day, Anna mixes some fruitcake that her mum has packed for lunch into her invented perfume. Suddenly, strange things become to happen as Mr. Amos asks her for a date and the waiter in the restaurant fall in love with Anna, and Mr Amos declares his love too.
CLIMAX
A fight takes place in the restaurant between
Mr Amos and the waiter to fight for Anna’s love and it ends up with Sabina punching Mr Amos. Anna leaves the restaurant in hurry.
FALLING ACTION
Anna tries to find out the secret recipe from Aunt Mimi but she is unable to. She finds out the woman who keeps the recipe has passed away.
RESOLUTION
Anna quits her job at Amos Factory and she ends up with marrying Armstrong, the pizza delivery man who now owns his own pizza company.
 
CHARACTERS:


ANNA            
Works as a chemist, her job is to design new perfumes, single and
lives with her mother.


DAVID AMOS
Owner of Amos Cosmetics factory. He is dark, handsome and gentleman. Often seen with
beautiful women. He appears polite but does not think much of his workers.

AUNT MIMI 
Pleasant but she also likes to mind other people’s business. Constantly trying finds suitable 
partner for her niece. She gives some fruitcake to Anna.


SABINA 
A beautiful young model and she is David’s girlfriend. She looks down on Anna.


ARMSTRONG 
Pizza delivery boy. Totally different than David Amos. Through effort & determination, he grows 
from a pizza delivery man to become owner of the pizza company.


THE WAITER
He works at the French Restaurant. He behaves weirdly towards Anna when he is under the spell 
of the fruitcake perfume.


ANNA'S MOTHER 
Naturally anxious that her daughter is still single and she always thinks that the pizza delivery 
man would make a good husband for Anna.


OLD WOMAN 
Used to sell fruitcakes in the market, offered the cake to Aunt Mimi for her niece.

SETTING:
PLACE
Amos Cosmetics factory
Home
French Restaurant
Aunt Mimi’s apartment
TIME
Modern civilization
SOCIETY
Middle class and high class society

POINT OF VIEW:
1st person POV
“I was a chemist at the Amos Cosmetics factory.........”

THEME:
The true love vs the superficial love.
Determination towards success
Sincerity in declaring love. 




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