The first sentence of the story suggests that the tone will be humorous. What other details in the story add to the humorous effect?
Despite the light tone, the story deals with a serious subject. Which details in the story tell you that the purpose of the story is more serious?
Do you think that meeting Mrs. Jones will turn out to be a turning point in Roger’s life? Explain.
What is the kindest thing that a stranger has ever done for you or someone you know?
Create a Thank-You Letter
Write a thank-you letter to Mrs. Jones using the point of view or voice of Roger after several years have passed. In the letter, you should review the events and the effect her kindness had on Roger. Tell her about what has happened since. Remember the course focus, “The Human Condition – In Search of Self.” Try to include some comments about how Mrs. Jones changed Roger’s life.
Revisit the definition of narrative conflict. Discuss how the author used the conflict between characters to create tension. Why is conflict an important element of a story? How does conflict create a tense, fast-paced story? Discuss the types of conflict that exist in other stories(novels) you have read recently.
Create a Sequel
What happens to Kath, Helen, and Kevin after the story ends? Continue the story. Be sure that the details and events you relate are consistent with he original story.
Here are a few suggestions to help you write your own short story sequel: Developing an Idea
Think about “Kath and Mouse.” What do you think the characters have learned in the story? Try to predict what they will do next.
Develop a plot idea. Does Kath continue to bully others around her?
List the characters that you want to include
Write an outline that describes the plot, setting, point of view, and main conflict. Will you tell the story from Kath’s or Helen’s point of view, or as an outsider looking in on the situation?
Using your outline as a guide, write you story. Think about an exciting way to start. Grab your reader’s interest right at the start.
What will the mood or tone of your story be – funny, serious, or realistic?