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Short Story Cheat!

Short Story Cheat!: Synopsis, Character and Characteristics, Theme, Value and Messages, Tone Mood and Atmosphere, Language Style

Synopsis Short Story Cheat!
 About two schoolchildren and their attitude to peer achievements and relationships.
 The short story competition is won by Geoff and he wins the Holmes-Watkins Medal.
 Lynne’s story is placed second and she feels disappointed.
 She learns to accept her failure and decides to let go.
 Then, she comes across a short story of write William Bradburie.
 Geoff’s story of a circus elephant’s escapade in the park is similar to Bradburie’s story.
 Immediately, Lynne assumes that Geoff has cheated and did not write his own story.
 She is in dilemma as to whether and how she should expose Geoff.
 The consequences may be too drastic for Geoff.
 During the class discussion on careers, lynne holds back exposing Geoff but later she inadvertently mentions the name Bradburie and notices Geoff’s reaction.
 A few minutes later, she is called into Headmaster Velo’s office and Geoff is ther too with the Holmes-Watkins Medal.
 Mr Velos explains that Geoff feels he might have taken his story from Bradburie’s collection.
 So, he decides to reverse the results and Lynne wins the prize.
 But, Lynne is unhappy with the way the situation has turned out.
 She begins to have doubts about her own story.

Themes Short Story Cheat!
1) Being judgemental Explanation
The short story is revolved around the theme of being judgemental. There are a few characters can be related to this theme. They might jump into conclusion too soon and it caused misunderstanding.

Examples: Lynne is one of the characters who is judgemental. After she read about the book written by William Bradburie in the library, she was filled with anger. She said that Geoff is cheating in the short story competition even though she has never read Geoff’s story before.

Another person related to the theme is Marge. She is the classmate for Geoff and Marge. When Geoff mentioned that he wanted to be a barrister or lawyer, Marge labelled him as money minded. It can be hurtful when we labelled someone.

2) Creative writing is not always original
A creative idea or innovation like is not always original because we will take idea and inspiration from different resources to make improvement. The same goes with story writing, the originality does not really exist because our story’s idea will come from the story that we read, our experience and our surrounding.

Example: Lynne emphasised the importance of originality in the writing. When she realised that Geoff is not cheating, she was wondering whether she had read any story related to the sheepdog in flood.

As for Geoff story, although his story idea is similar to William Bradburie’s story, Mr Velos told Lynne that the story is still consider original and Geoff is not cheating.

Moral Values
1) Honesty and courage
Honesty and courage are about being brave to tell someone the truth. We must take responsibility to the mistakes that we have done.
We consider that Geoff is an honest person. After Lynne shouted at Geoff, Geoff went to Mr Velos office to confess that he might be cheating due to the similarity of his story and William Bradburie’s story.

2) Perseverance
If we are perseverance, we will not give up easily even the job is challenging or difficult. We will keep on trying until we achieve success.
Lynne used weeks to complete the miserable story. She spent time to draft and rewrite the story. Although in the end, she won the second place in the competition, I personally consider that it is a good result from her hard work.

3) Avoid being judgemental
We must not be judgemental because the truth might be different from what we think. If we do not know the detail of the situation, we should not make the conclusion too soon.
After she read about the book written by William Bradburie in the library, she was filled with anger. She said that Geoff is cheating in the short story competition even though she has never read Geoff’s story before.

Characters
Lynne Webbings
Ambitious
Lynne had a big dream to win the Holmes-Watkins medal in the short story competition. When the result announced, she felt really disappointed.
Jealous and vengeful
Lynne was jealous and vengeful when Geoff won the competition. After she discovered that William Bradburie’s story was similar to Geoff’s story, she wanted to take revenge by reporting to Mr Velos so that she could win back the medal.
Persevering
Lynne used weeks to complete the miserable story. She spent time to draft and rewrite the story. Although in the end, she won the second place in the competition, I personally consider that it is a good result from her hard work.

Geoff Bolder
Humorous
Geoff tried to cheer Lynne by telling her a joke. Geoff joked about how Mr Velos picked the winner by climbing up to his lovely special mahagony desk and dropped both papers, and the papers that hit the floor first wins.
Realistic
Although Geoff has potential in writing, he wants to be a barrister because he says that there is more money in law.
Honest
Geoff confessed to Mr Velos that he had read a book by the American Humourist, William Bradburie three years ago.

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