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Plot Setting The Baudelaires in the city A Series of Unfortunate Events is set in an anachronistic time period that is ambiguously set sometime in the 20th century, with old and new inventions used. A variety of inventions and technology are mentioned.
For example, there are helicopters, phones, a microphone, and a supercomputer in a school. At another point, telegrams appear. This paints a very changing landscape of an industrial time, with technology not yet homogenized in all places in the series. In addition, the Baudelaire children are illustrated wearing very Victorian-era clothing.
This aspect is made even more absurd in the TV series, as Count Olaf mentions he bought an hourglass "online" implying the Internet and he prefers "streaming television in the comfort of his own home", a reference to Netflix.
The location is the series is unknown; three of the books 1, 6, 12 are set in an unspecified urban city. The Baudelaires visit a myriad of locations, such as a lakeside town, a boarding school, hinterlands, mountains, etc. The ambiguity of both the time and the setting are likely intentional decisions by Daniel Handler, who when asked, said, "A Series of Unfortunate Events takes place in the city and regions surrounding it, during the week and sometimes on weekends.
All The Wrong Questions takes place earlier, in a smaller town. For example, Peru is mentioned in the second book, a Vietnamese restaurant is mentioned in the sixth, Hector may be of Hispanic descent as he cooks Mexican food in book seven, there is an Indian restaurant in book twelve, etc.
Charles and Sir in book four are heavily implied to be a gay couple. There are mentions of rabbis throughout the series and different religions, traditions and culture. Handler also wanted a more ethnically diverse cast in the TV series.
Premise The Baudelaires feeling terrible and missing their parents very much. The series focused on Violet , Klaus , and Sunny Baudelaire. Violet has a talent for inventing, Klaus has a talent for reading, and Sunny has a talent for biting.
While they are portrayed very intelligent children, they are not perfect "superhumans" and have their own flaws. For example, Violet can overlook the obvious and doesn't know what leeches are, Klaus can be rude and doesn't know what a "xenophobe" means, etc.
Sunny could be considered a superhuman to a degree, as she is a baby who has a sword fight with her teeth in the second book and climbs up an elevator shaft with her teeth in the sixth. They become extremely unfortunate, unlucky and depressed children after their parents perish in a fire that destroys their entire home , going on to live lives full of sadness, stress, misfortune, misery, and woe.
However, the Baudelaires soon discover that Olaf is an abusive adoptive father and is after their inherited fortune which Violet will obtain when she turns In addition, Olaf claims that once he finds a way to obtain their fortune, he won't hesitate to kill all three of them. Lemony Snicket 12 Books in Seconds 12 books in seconds. The main thirteen books of the series describe the treacheries that the children face through their young lives while trying to prevent Olaf and his many associates 's attempts on getting his hands on the Baudelaire fortune, while trying to avoid death along the way while at the mercy of the world.
Meanwhile, the Baudelaires must deal with absurd situations, a secret society known as V. Dystopic elements A mob of residents prepared to burn rulebreakers at the stake. The world in the series often feels dystopic, hostile, corrupt, chaotic and cruel, leading many to call it a "crapsack world". However, it is set in a conventional setting without any war, famine, etc.
The dystopic elements are often found in sociology, human behavior and often barbaric and nonsensical laws which humanity follows obediently and submissively, and the vast majority of people lack critical thinking skills. For example: In Book One, when Olaf attempts to marry Violet with an official marriage certificate, Justice Strauss reluctantly accepts it and says, "I'm afraid this dreadful nonsense is the law" despite that it was a scheme in a play and Violet was forced to sign under duress or else her baby sister would be killed.
In Book Four, a year-old and a baby are forced to work at a dangerous lumbermill, making one wonder where if child protective services and child labor laws exist in the world of the series. In Book Four, a lumbermill illegally pays its employees with chewing gum and coupons. It is revealed in the TV series the employers are under hypnosis to accept this, and the entire mill is slave labor through mind control.
In Book Five, a baby is forced to become a school secretary because she is too young to attend a normal school, and none of the administration staff think this is absurd. Students are also forced to listen to Vice Principal Nero play the violin horridly for 6 hours each day and are forced to give Nero candy if they miss it. In Book Six, many people are interested in what's " in " and " out " fashion that it is often prioritized over functionality, and the Baudelaires can't use an elevator because elevators are "out", forcing them to walk up many flights of stories, although they later discover that sliding down the railing is faster.
In Book Seven, there is a village that burns people to death if they don't follow its thousands of ridiculous and contradictory rules. They also advocate book burning.
The majority of villagers are fine with this, and those who aren't like Hector are complacent and unwilling to try to change anything.
In Book Seven, the world of the series is so crapsack that Hector intends to build a mobile home to last over a hundred years where he will spend the rest of his life away from human society, excluding the Baudelaires and Quagmires. Violet about to get her head cut off against her will. In Book Eight, Heimlich Hospital is a hospital which, in the world of the series, naturally plays on real fears such as inadequate healthcare and medical malpractice.
In Book Eight, an audience gathers to see a girl getting her head cut off in hopes of curing mental illness. No one audibly questions the practice or asks if the girl even consented to it. In Book Nine, when Violet attempts to use a phone to call for help during their emergency about how she and her siblings are lost, stranded in the hinterlands with no money and unsure what to do, and how they've been framed as murderers, the operator hangs up on her.
In Book Nine, there is a carnival audience which gathers just for the sole purpose of seeing people being mauled to death by lions. When Count Olaf claims that whoever pushes someone into the pit will win a special prize, the audience fights among itself to push someone in.
A newspaper seen throughout the series, called The Daily Punctilio , is full of errors, inaccuracies, exaggerations, and distorts the truth. The series in a nutshell. The Council of Elders is a strong example of this. In The Vile Village, the Baudelaires attempt to use "mob psychology" by shouting in a crowd, suggesting that humanity in the series is incapable of free independent thought.
Even if an adult is kind-hearted, they often have some other trait which negatively impacts the Baudelaires and endangers their lives, such as Josephine Anwhistle being cowardly. If an adult in the series is on the more kind and sensible side, they are usually doomed and will probably die over the course of the series, or their death is implied. It is unknown if the adults seen in the series are intended to be "average" in the world, or if the Baudelaires are simply unlucky when it comes to meeting decent people, as Lemony Snicket calls them magnets for misfortune.
The dismal psychology of humanity in the series even extends to children, such as Carmelita Spats and the students who bully the Baudelaires at school. After The Vile Village , the Baudelaires' living situation changes drastically, essentially become homeless with an uncertain living situation as they seek food, shelter, and jobs wherever possible in order to survive.
Club that he decided to write a children's story when he was trying to find a publisher for his first novel, The Basic Eight.
One of the publishers, HarperCollins, passed on The Basic Eight, but they were interested in him writing a story for children. Handler thought it was a terrible idea at first, but met with the publishers to discuss the book. 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: that the Baudelaires will suffer, be taken in, have their guardian duped by wily Olaf, and will soon be on the run for their lives.
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. One of the serious questions of these often cheeky books is whether we are in control of what we are doing, or if we are somnambulists.
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. Will they continue now as if in a somnambulistic trance to kill someone they do know well?
Gregory Maguire, an interviewer of Daniel Handler and a fan of his work raises this question: Are the books formulaic? 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.
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.
The last few chapters of four of the most famous novels in the genre close repeatedly with the words despair, despaired, and despairing namely, The Castle of Otranto, Vathek, The Monk, and Frankenstein.
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 last book includes a fourteenth chapter, and a tantalizing suggestion that the unfortunate cycle may yet be broken.
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. The Bad Beginning 2. The Reptile Room 3. The Wide Window 4.
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: 1. The Bad Beginning ; HarperCollins, 2. The Wide Window HarperCollins, 4. The Ersatz Elevator HarperCollins, 7. The End Notes 1. Snicket, The End, 8.
Snicket, The End, 5. Rebecca-Anne C. The vices of Mr. Bennett, editor of The Book of Virtue, have made for good copy. Woland, Amazon comments, September 30, , www. Michael J. Montgomery, Amazon comments, February 14, , www. 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.
Thomas P. Vladimir Propp, Morphology of the Folktale, ed. Louis A. Wagner, trans. Laurence Scott, 2nd ed. Austin: University of Texas Press, , Propp, Morphology of the Folktale, Propp, Morphology of the Folktale, 33— Snicket, The End, Snicket, The End, — Snicket, The Penultimate Peril, 17— Snicket, The Penultimate Peril, Snicket, The End, 6 in supplemental chapter Snicket, The End, 6 chapter