The Treasure of Lemon Brown
Steven Kang (MS10331)
1) Previewing ‘The Treasure of Lemon Brown’
The main character of this book is Greg. Greg was scolded by his father, because of Greg’s ruined report card. He escaped from his building, and goes into the abandoned old tenement to avoid his father scolding to him. Greg could hear some eerie sound like a scraping against the wall. And…?
Soon after, Greg could hear the sound clearly, which says that he has the razor that can cut a week into nine days. Greg, who was very nervous and terrified, soon knew who the person who made the sound was. He was Lemon Brown, who was an old, poor man wearing dirty coats, baggy pants, and old shoes. Greg, who was relieved, talked with Lemon Brown about the ‘treasure’ that Lemon Brown has.
3) Part of the Plot
I think this part is changing its plot from exposition to rising action. First, exposition is the first stage of a typical stage, and provides important background information and introduces the setting and the important characters. For example, at this part, the story now introduces another main character, who is Lemon Brown. We also can see rising action, which is the part that develops the conflict, or struggle. For example, the story starts telling important thing, which is ‘treasure’.
4) Explaining conflicts, problems, and challenges
1 External Conflict
è There was an external conflict between Greg and his father. Because of Greg’s grade, Greg and his father fought, which made Greg getting out the house.
2 Internal Conflict
è There was an internal conflict, too. As Greg hear the strange, eerie sound which was made by Lemon Brown, Greg’s legs trembled, which foreshadows his mind whether he should avoid this circumstance or not.
5) Finding two New Literary elements
1 Hyperbole -> Hyperbole is a figure of speech in which the truth is exaggerated for emphasis or humorous effect.
Example : “Don’t try nothin’ ‘cause I got a razor here sharp enough to cut a week into nine days!”
2 Simile -> A simile is a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things using the word like or as.
Example : The voice was high and brittle, like dry twigs being broken, …
6) Thinking about the author’s reason for writing
When you read the whole story, we can know that the treasure of Lemon Brown is harmonica and other useless things but which are very important to Lemon Brown. Briefly, I think that the reason that author write this story is because he wanted to tell that anything could be treasure when they are very important or have memories.
7) Creating two critical thinking questions for discussion
1 When you hear the strange, eerie sound, how would you feel, or how would you act?
è I would feel very nervous and terrified, and soon after I’ll run as fast as I could.
2 What would the treasure mean to Lemon Brown?
è Maybe the treasure would mean as memories and important things to Lemon Brown.
8) Finding the most difficult words
1 halo -> A halo is a circle of light that is shown in pictures round the head of a holy figure such as a saint or angel
2 crinkly -> A crinkly object has many small creases or folds in it or in its surface.
3 Salvation Army -> The Salvation Army is a Christian organization that aims to spread Christianity and care for the poor.
4 brittle -> An object or substance that is brittle is hard but easily broken.
5 commence -> When something commences or you commence it, it begins.
I now learned more about the book ‘The Treasure of Lemon Brown’. The story was very meaningful for me, especially about the talking between Greg and Lemon Brown. I, now think that everything could be a treasure if that reminds us memories. Overall, it was great book to see.
2012. 04. 15. (TUE)