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13 - The End - Snicket - dokument [*.pdf] F r o n t C o v e r A S e r i e s o f U This book is the last in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and even if you braved the. For Help with downloading a Wikipedia page as a PDF, see Help:Download as PDF. Overview: A Series of Unfortunate Events; Novels: The Bad Beginning · The The End; Other books: Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography . NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIESLike an off-key violin concert, the Roman Empire, or food poisoning, all things must come to an end. Thankfully, this.
Hyde , runs through the series as well. Indeed, the latter of the thirteen volumes announce this duality much more strongly, showing how easily the moral compass faults, and how no villain starts out to be evil. Perhaps since the Baudelaire siblings spend so much time imprisoned, they start to see the world as one of the most famous prisoners of the twentieth century did. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?
The villain, first of all, assumes a disguise. Intriguingly, it comes at the hands of a little vain girl we first met tormenting the Baudelaires at the Austere Academy in Book the Fifth, nasty Carmelita Spats.
This refusal causes their expulsion from the group, and possibly their deaths. Their fate remains unknown. Madame Lulu plans to stop helping Olaf and join the twins but is thrown to hungry lions before she can do much good. Another minion, the man with hooks for hands, is found out to be the brother of an ally of the Baudelaires; he leaves crime for a while, and though he will ultimately deceive the trio and his long-lost sister Fiona regretfully joins him , the hooked one does for a time provide the Baudelaires reconnaissance.
Four other villains show no change at all—the bald man, the one who was neither man nor woman, the man with beard but no hair, and the woman with hair but no beard—but neither are they much remembered. They are essentially stock characters, making their entrances and final exit, dwarfed by bigger and more rounded characters that create greater unpredictability, action, and ambiguity.
One of the great tensions of the series is the desire to be noble, despite all the treachery one does. Does it make you into a monster, or can you temper it in some way, or accept it and go in some other direction? And then Olaf dies. This contradiction of returning to the one whom they tried to escape and who relentlessly tried to ruin them is the eternal Gothic paradox. Why even properly bury him rather than simply toss him to the surf and the sharks?
Is it to prove that their souls were better than his? Or, oppositely, is it a helpless attraction back to what is also in them?
Whatever Olaf was and discovered, he was a constant presence, albeit a hellish one, in their lives. He was their immoral guardian, this one-eyebrowed lunatic, and he has helped shape the only perspective of reality they have, a view of good and evil all clouded together. We appreciate this dramatic irony: Benighted Mr. Poe, who knows their past, will always be too slow to detect anything, too late coming in an emergency, unable to apprehend Olaf, and incapable of listening carefully to the children.
With so much that is predictable, there is a strong suggestion that these are books where fates are merely played out and free will is a fanciful notion. Nothing comes to a sleeper but dreams. Lemony himself likes to brood on the topic of fate as the books play out, never with a conclusive answer, but certainly with a compelling question that connects his musing to literature and opera, to the orphans, and to us: Some people think destiny is something you cannot escape, such as death or a cheesecake that has curdled, both of which always turn up sooner or later.
And still other people think that destiny is an invisible force, like gravity,. In the opera La Forza del Destino, various characters argue, fall in love, get married in secret, run away to monasteries, go to war, announce. They wonder and wonder at all the perils in their lives, and when the final curtain is brought down even the audience cannot be sure what all these unfortunate events may mean. Are their character traits essentially locked in place, not growing in personality, insight, and behavior after each trauma and crime?
The most memorable Gothic novels do have round characters—Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights both have figures that, despite all their melodrama, quicken with life, depth, and changeability. But does A Series have them? Hundreds of Gothic novels do not have such multidimensional personalities and are still entertaining.
What can be said for certain is that the three children go from utter innocence to becoming liars, thieves, and arsonists probably killing some of the Hotel Denouement guests in a horrible way. Gregory Maguire, an interviewer of Daniel Handler and a fan of his work raises this question: Are the books formulaic? He answered that they are: The fun derives from watching the formula at work.
He has taken a small handful of storytelling tricks. They know this world, and most sadly, they recognize how it has changed them. In The End, unknowing Olaf almost reaches his own end a little early, and it would have come at the hands of three juvenile killers. In the first pages, altogether in a boat, the three orphans study Olaf leaning over the side, and all feel a powerful attraction to murder.
Littlest Sunny breathes it first: As the three debate on whether to kill, Lemony has a moral-development rumination: Some believe that everyone is born with a moral compass already inside them.
Others believe that a moral compass develops over time, as a person learns about the decisions of others by observing the world and reading books. In any case, a moral compass appears to be a delicate device.
The Baudelaire orphans were not sure what they should do with this villain who was leaning so far over the boat that one small push would have sent him to his watery grave.
Fated or not, Olaf straightens and grins, and the three did not have to make the decision. For whatever perverse reason, Snicket will not show us what the three would have done.
But if Olaf had stared one more minute at sea, I believe—from the short but mighty arguments made by the orphans for drowning him—the count would be undersea now. Likewise, The Bad Beginning opens early with the worst despair, the death of parents.
Snicket erects a marvellous frame to makes readers feel more. Our introduction to these children is when they are playing on Briny Beach and out comes Mr. An empty beach and a sea with nothing on it, which now Violet stares at, uses limited yet bold and vast elements—a dramatic perspective—to emphasize the imposing aloneness of their lives. The unrelenting landscape helps dramatize the grisly news more than tears could, though tears still will come.
Though a plethora of literary references are made in the series, largely decadent and Gothic, two world authors stand out—Tolstoy and Proust. There is no evidence that they ever receive their earthly one.
Now at closing they sail out from an island where they have lived for over a year, with a new orphan under their care—little Beatrice, daughter of another vanquished VFD member. In the midst of so many narrative high jinks and so much lampooning of mordant literature, some wisdom manages to bob up. In the play of shadow and light that fills these thirteen books, each of thirteen unlucky chapters, there is this happy anomaly: The letters and notes are a mixed file some from Beatrice Baudelaire, the mother of the three orphans, some from Lemony, but most from little Beatrice, who is searching for the orphans, but also for Lemony.
Even Sunny said that she could not have survived without me. By their self-sacrifice and caring for a helpless one, their world must have been born anew.
Beatrice wanders toward and narrows on Lemony several times, and can even hear him breathing on the other side of his office door. How can a narrator with seemingly boundless sympathy of the most profound kind for the orphans—and himself an orphan—not reveal himself? Is the pain of facing someone young who has lost so much too painful? Does he fear that if he gets attached to his darling niece and takes her in he will only get hurt later when she is abducted by an Olaf replacement?
After recording all this tragedy and villainy over thirteen books of misery, does he simply not want to be hurt by anyone or anything anymore?
An answer would mean closure, a forgetting, and a heart that stops sobbing. I choose to let the mystery be. Hardback American publications from HarperCollins: The Bad Beginning 2. The Reptile Room 3. The Miserable Mill 5. The Austere Academy 6.
The Ersatz Elevator 7. The Vile Village 8. The Hostile Hospital 9. The Carnivorous Carnival The Slippery Slope The Grim Grotto The Penultimate Peril The End American paperbacks mostly from Scholastic, except where otherwise noted: The Bad Beginning ; HarperCollins, 2.
The Wide Window HarperCollins, 4.
The Ersatz Elevator HarperCollins, 7. The Wide Window 4. The End Notes 1. HarperCollins, , epigraph page. Snicket, The End, 8.
Snicket, The End, 5. Rebecca-Anne C. HarperCollins, , 1. The vices of Mr. Bennett, editor of The Book of Virtue, have made for good copy. Woland, site comments, September 30, , www. Michael J. Montgomery, site comments, February 14, , www. HarperCollins, , HarperCollins, , — Though Sunny gets the idea for burning down Hotel Denouement, and Olaf fully helps her, she never considers him to be any part of her—there is no Stockholm syndrome.
She has become an independent little person, a cunningly resourceful cook, and no longer merely a sharp-toothed baby with one-word retorts. And she loathes Olaf: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, — An Experiment in Literary Investigation, trans. Thomas P. Whitney Boulder, CO: Westview Press, , Vladimir Propp, Morphology of the Folktale, ed. Louis A. Wagner, trans. Laurence Scott, 2nd ed. University of Texas Press, , Propp, Morphology of the Folktale, Propp, Morphology of the Folktale, 33— Had such a vegetable appeared, Violet, the eldest Baudelaire, would have tied 2 up her hair in a ribbon to keep it out of her eyes, and in moments would have invented a device to retrieve the onion from the water.
Klaus, the middle sibling and the only boy, would have remembered useful facts from one of the thousands of books he had read, and been able to identify which type of onion it was, and whether or not it was edible.
And Sunny, who was just scarcely out of babyhood, would have sliced the onion into bite-sized pieces with her unusually sharp teeth, and put her newly developed cook-ing skills to good use in order to turn a simple onion into something quite tasty indeed.
The elder Baudelaires could imagine their sister announcing "Soubise! Indeed, they had not seen much of anything during their ocean voyage, which had begun when the Baudelaires had pushed the large, wooden boat off the roof of the Hotel Denouement in order to escape from the fire 3 engulfing the hotel, as well as the authorities who wanted to arrest the children for arson and murder.
The wind and tides had quickly pushed the boat away from the burning hotel, and by sunset the hotel and all the other buildings in the city were a distant, faraway blur. Now, the following morning, the only things the Baudelaires had seen were the quiet, still surface of the sea and the gray gloom of the sky. The weather reminded them of the day at Briny Beach when the Baudelaires had learned of the loss of their parents and their home in a terrible fire, and the children spent much of their time in silence, thinking about that dreadful day and all of the dreadful days that had followed.
It almost would have been peaceful to sit in a drifting boat and think about their lives, had it not been for the Baudelaires' unpleasant companion. Their companion's name was Count Olaf, and it had been the Baudelaire orphans' misfortune to be in this dreadful man's company since they had become orphans and he had become 4 their guardian.
Olaf had hatched scheme after scheme in an attempt to get his filthy hands on the enormous fortune the Baudelaire parents had left behind, and although each scheme had failed, it appeared as if some of the villain's wickedness had rubbed off on the children, and now Olaf and the Baudelaires were all in the same boat.
Both the children and the count were responsible for a number of treacherous crimes, although at least the Baudelaire orphans had the decency to feel terrible about this, whereas all Count Olaf had been doing for the past few days was bragging about it.
The eldest 5 Baudelaire did not bother to point out that as they were all alone in the middle of the ocean, it was just as accurate to say that Olaf was in the Baudelaires' clutches as it was to say they were in his.
Sighing, she gazed up at the tall mast of the boat, where a tattered sail drooped limply in the still air. For some time, Violet had been trying to invent a way for the boat to move even when there wasn't any wind, but the only mechanical materials on board were a pair of enormous spatulas from the Hotel Denoue- ment's rooftop sunbathing salon.
The children had been using these spatulas as oars, but row-ing a boat is very hard work, particularly if one's traveling companions are too busy bragging to help out, and Violet was trying to think of a way they might move the boat faster.
At the moment, Klaus was examin-ing his notes on V. The middle Baudelaire did not know what the sugar bowl contained, nor did he know the pre-cise whereabouts of one of the organization's bravest agents, a woman named Kit Snicket. The children had met Kit only once before she headed out to sea herself, planning to meet up with the Quagmire triplets, three friends the Baudelaires had not seen in quite some time 7 who were traveling in a self-sustaining hot air mobile home.
Klaus was hoping the notes in his commonplace book would help him figure out exactly where they might be, if he studied them long enough. The youngest Baude-laire was no longer a baby, but she still talked in a somewhat unusual way, and by "beans" she meant something like, "Count Olaf is spouting pure nonsense," as the Baudelaire fortune was not to be found in the large, wooden boat, and so could not be said to belong to anyone.
But when Sunny said "beans," she also meant "beans. The jar was quite dusty and looked very old, but the 8 seal was intact, a word which here means "not broken, so the food stored inside was still edible.
It is possible to cook a number of delicious dishes with white beans—the Baudelaire parents used to make a cold salad of white beans, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil, all mixed together with lime juice, olive oil, and cayenne pepper, which was a delicious thing to eat on hot days— but without any other ingredients, Sunny had only been able to serve her boat mates handfuls of a bland, white mush, enough to keep them alive, but certainly nothing in which a young chef like herself could take pride.
As Count Olaf continued to brag, the youngest Baudelaire was peering into the jar, wondering how she could make something more interesting out of white beans and nothing else.