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Lesson Six Button, Button by Richard Matheson Lesson Six Button, Button by Richard Matheson Slide 2 Biographic information about the author Slide 3 Slide 4 He was born February 20th, 1926 in New Jersey, started writing at the age of eight), educated in journalism in New York and Missouri and saw action during World War II. Born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, Richard Burton Matheson first became a published author while still a child, when his stories and poems ran in the "Brooklyn Eagle"( The Brooklyn Eagle, also called The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, was a daily newspaper published in Brooklyn, New York from October 26). He was born February 20th, 1926 in New Jersey, started writing at the age of eight), educated in journalism in New York and Missouri and saw action during World War II. Born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, Richard Burton Matheson first became a published author while still a child, when his stories and poems ran in the "Brooklyn Eagle"( The Brooklyn Eagle, also called The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, was a daily newspaper published in Brooklyn, New York from October 26). Slide 5 A lifelong reader of fantasy tales, he made his professional writing bow in 1950 when his short story "Born of Man and Woman" appeared in "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction"; Matheson turned out a number of highly regarded horror, fantasy and mystery stories throughout that decade. He broke into films in 1956, adapting his novel "The Shrinking Man" for the big-screen "The Incredible Shrinking Man." A lifelong reader of fantasy tales, he made his professional writing bow in 1950 when his short story "Born of Man and Woman" appeared in "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction"; Matheson turned out a number of highly regarded horror, fantasy and mystery stories throughout that decade. He broke into films in 1956, adapting his novel "The Shrinking Man" for the big-screen "The Incredible Shrinking Man." Slide 6 Seizing the chance he negotiated the chance to write the screenplay, and he was in. Various things lead to another, and he worked with and along side a lot of the big names in the business. Still not exhausted of possibilities he moved onto television, writing the screenplay for the first break of a certain Steven Spielberg, then going on to create the top-rating telemovie up to that time The Night Stalker, along with its sequel The Night Strangler. Seizing the chance he negotiated the chance to write the screenplay, and he was in. Various things lead to another, and he worked with and along side a lot of the big names in the business. Still not exhausted of possibilities he moved onto television, writing the screenplay for the first break of a certain Steven Spielberg, then going on to create the top-rating telemovie up to that time The Night Stalker, along with its sequel The Night Strangler. Slide 7 Richard Matheson s View on Art Richard Matheson is one of those worrisome people who always confuse advocates of little boxes labelled with genres and mediums. Indeed he's actively opposed to such ideas. 'Do anything you can to destroy genres' he says. 'A good story is a good story'. And this man knows what he's talking about, and has written some good stories in his time. Slide 8 A Tv play: Button, Button Button, Button is an episode of The Twilight Zone. This episode was based off of the short story created by Richard Matheson, also titled "Button, Button". Mare Winningham is the wife of a down and out loser. One day, a smartly dressed stranger comes to their door and tells them they will be granted a large sum of money if they press the button within a special box he has. The catch... once they press the button, someone somewhere in the world will die -- someone they don't know. Button, Button is an episode of The Twilight Zone. This episode was based off of the short story created by Richard Matheson, also titled "Button, Button". Mare Winningham is the wife of a down and out loser. One day, a smartly dressed stranger comes to their door and tells them they will be granted a large sum of money if they press the button within a special box he has. The catch... once they press the button, someone somewhere in the world will die -- someone they don't know. Slide 9 After pressing the button, the stranger returns and gives them the money, telling them someone, somewhere has indeed died. He takes the box back telling them it will next be given to someone else, who will be made the same offer... someone they don't know. After pressing the button, the stranger returns and gives them the money, telling them someone, somewhere has indeed died. He takes the box back telling them it will next be given to someone else, who will be made the same offer... someone they don't know. "The Twilight Zone" Profile in Silver/Button, Button (1986) "The Twilight Zone" Profile in Silver/Button, Button (1986) Slide 10 Mr. Stward (in TV Series) Norma Lewis (in TV Series) Slide 11 Slide 12 Slide 13 Slide 14 pancake Slide 15 starfish Slide 16 Life-insurance One kind of insurances under the terms of the policy holder ( ) makes regular payments (called premiums ) to the company and a sum of money (called indemnity ) will be paid to the family members by the company at the death of the policy holder. Suppose someone holds a life insurance policy for $ 25, 000. That means at his death, whether natural or accidental, the insurance company will pay to his family a sum of $ 25,000 dollars. However, the life insurance premiums are decided by the company, according to the age and health condition of the policy holder. Slide 17 Fantasy Fiction characterized by highly fanciful or supernatural elements. a mode of fiction in which the possible and the impossible are confounded so as to leave the reader (and often the narrator and/or central character) with no consistent explanation for the storyss strange events. Fiction characterized by highly fanciful or supernatural elements. a mode of fiction in which the possible and the impossible are confounded so as to leave the reader (and often the narrator and/or central character) with no consistent explanation for the storyss strange events. Slide 18 Tzvetan Todorov, in his Introduction a la litterature fantastique(1970: translated as The Fantastic,1973), argures that fantastic narratives involve an unresolved hesitation between the supernatural explanation available in marvellous tales and the natural or psychological explanation offered by tales of the uncanny. The literature of the fantastic flourished in 19th-century ghost stories and related fiction: Henry Jamess mysterious tale The Turn of the Screw (1898) is a classic example. Tzvetan Todorov, in his Introduction a la litterature fantastique(1970: translated as The Fantastic,1973), argures that fantastic narratives involve an unresolved hesitation between the supernatural explanation available in marvellous tales and the natural or psychological explanation offered by tales of the uncanny. The literature of the fantastic flourished in 19th-century ghost stories and related fiction: Henry Jamess mysterious tale The Turn of the Screw (1898) is a classic example. Slide 19 About the Words and Phrases appal (American English: appall) to make someone feel very shocked and upset The decision to execute the two men has appalled many politicians. The way we kill animals appals a lot of people Slide 20 astound: to make someone very surprised or shocked [= astonish]: Her elopement astounded her parents. He was perfectly astounded at the intelligence. The figures revealed by the report are astounding.. Slide 21 counter: [intransitive and transitive]to say sth.in order to try to prove that what sb. said was not true or as a reply to sth. I could ask the same thing of you, she countered. counter an argument/an allegation/a criticism etc He was determined to counter the bribery allegations. Slide 22 guarantee :give surety or assume responsibility ;make certain of guarantee :give surety or assume responsibility ;make certain of We guarantee your satisfaction. Many shopkeepers guarantee satisfaction to customers. This garment is guaranteed fireproof. Slide 23 inquire :have a wish or desire to know something inquire :have a wish or desire to know something We must inquire further into the matter. Let's inquire how to get there. He has inquired out the deployment of the enemy troops. Slide 24 repress :put down by force or intimidation repress :put down by force or intimidation The dictator represses all opposition as illegal. All protest is brutally repressed by the regime.. Slide 25 scoff : laugh at with contempt and derision scoff : laugh at with contempt and derision Marco Polo was scoffed at. David scoffed at her fears. You, a scientist!' he scoffed. Slide 26 stack :arrange in stacks; an orderly pile stack :arrange in stacks; an orderly pile Stack dishwasher and start wash cycle. The floor was stacked high with bales of cotton. Piles of lumber were stacked along the road. Slide 27 thrust : push forcefully thrust : push forcefully He thrust at her with a knife. She was thrusting in a question or two occasionally. New railroads are rapidly thrusting into the hilly regions. Slide 28 toss :throw with a light motion toss :throw with a light motion He tossed the beggar a coin [tossed a coin to the beggar]. Let's toss to see who pays the bill. He tossed about in his sleep all night. Slide 29 Make Sentences with the Words and Phrases hesitate; smash; stiffen; ; authentic ; impulsive ; impulsive ; eccentric; eccentric; contemptuous; work up ; work up ; break in; cut off Slide 30 break in: to interrupt someone when they are speaking break in on I didn't want to break in on his telephone conversation. break in with Dad would occasionally break in with an amusing comment. Slide 31 contemptuous: showing that you think someone or something deserves no respect contemptuous glance contemptuous of He was o

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