The Elevator Original By William Sleator It was an old building with an old elevator—a very small elevator, with a maximum capacity of three people. Martin, a thin twelve-year-old, felt nervous in it the since the first day he and his father moved into the apartment. Of course, he was always uncomfortable in elevators, afraid they would fall, but there was something especially unpleasant about this one. Perhaps it was its baleful atmosphere due to the light from the single fluorescent ceiling strip, bleak and dim on the dirty walls. Perhaps the problem was the door, which never stayed open quite long enough, and slammed shut with such ominous, clanging finality.
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He had a serious appreciation for science and a keen, somewhat cynical, interest in family dynamics. Working not just in science fiction, but also in fantasy and horror, he often used dystopian settings to tackle important social issues. He frequently predicated his tales upon unusual scientific phenomena, although his work was best known for its headlong plotting and oddball characters, including some very eccentric aliens.
The Angry Moon, which was illustrated by Blair Lent, was chosen as a Caldecott honour book by the Association for Library Service to Children , but Sleator soon turned to longer fiction. Eventually they discover that they are part of a secret government psychological conditioning program and that, rather than being expected to work together, they are being trained to treat each other with cruelty. They invite him to join in the game, which is flattering, but he eventually discovers that they are hostile aliens and that the game is actually being played for control of the universe.
At once terrifying and wildly funny, it was followed by a successful sequel, Parasite Pig His father, William, was a physiology professor and his mother, Esther Kaplan Sleator, was a noted paediatrician who researched attention deficit disorder. Sleator attended University City high school, where he composed scores for plays, and then Harvard University, where he was miserable, but received a degree in English in Moving to England for a year to study musical composition, Sleator, a fine pianist, at first supported himself by playing for ballet schools.
Upon his return to the US, he worked as a rehearsal pianist for the Boston Ballet until He then became a full-time writer. This is a theme that runs through many of his books, particularly Interstellar Pig and the highly autobiographical collection of short stories Oddballs In his later years, Sleator alternated his time between the small village of Bua Chet, in Thailand, and Boston, in Massachusetts. He is survived by his father and his brothers, Tycho and Daniel.
“The Elevator” – Conflict
The Elevator Response to Lit. A mental disorder characterized by systematized delusions and the projection of personal conflicts. The elevator is the root of fear for the weak, thin Martin. When he first encounters a gargantuan woman on the elevator, at first he is disturbed and then mentally disturbed for the rest of the day until he encounters her again after school ends. In the rising action of this horror story, immediately after Martin spots the plump lady already on the elevator again, he bolts down the stairs. In the process, he snaps his leg while sealing his unfortunate fate.
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