"No witchcraft for Sale" Story Board

"No witchcraft for Sale" Story Board

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  • "No Witchcraft for Sale" By: Dorris Lessing Born in Persia, also wrote Social Injustices Emberley Riley 1st Period 5/1/18
  • Gideon: Gideon is the protagonist in this story. He is a native servant of the Farquars that knows witchcraft. He is good friends with Teddy, but distances himself form him because of their class and race differences. 
  • Exposition: The story takes place in South Africa, Southern Rhodesia in 1924. Everything is going on at the Farquar's home. The Farquar's are kind, simple people who influence change. Their only child is their son Teddy, and they have a loyal servant named Gideon. 
  • Initial Conflict: Teddy gets snake venom in his eye. Gideon is asked to identify herbs he used to treat Teddy, but he doesn't want to.  Cultural Conflict: The scientist want Gideon's medicine and to know what it does. Gideon does not want to share his knowledge because it's apart of his culture and that is the only thing he has.
  • Resolution: The Farquar's realize how important Gideon's culture is to him. The finally understand that Gideon's culture is all he has left. They decide to not pester him anymore over the treatments he used on Teddy.
  • Theme: The main theme is of the culture clash between white settlers and native Africans. The author explores this theme through the motifs of modern and traditional medicine and money. Doris Lessing’s message in this story is that people belonging to different cultures have different approaches to health, but that this does not mean one approach is correct and the other is wrong. Personal Reaction: This was a very interesting short story.
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