The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin




Flora Baumbach

Denton Deere

Mrs. And Mr. Theodorakis

Mrs. Hoo






Turtle and Flora are partners

Denton and Chris are partners

Mrs. Hoo and Jake Wexler






Angela is engaged to Denton Deere

Angela sets off all the bombs




The story is told in 3rd person – We know almost all of the characters’ thoughts, actions, emotions.


Turtle                      Sandy

Angela                    Northrup

Grace                      Eastman

Jake                        Westing

Otis                         Sydelle

Crow                       Doug

Chris                       Mr. Hoo

Judge                       E.J Plum




Judge Ford and Sandy

Otis and Crow

Grace and James Hoo

Angela and Sydelle


E.J Plum is the lawyer for Westing.



Angela doesn’t want to get married.

Angela is the bomber







Violet Westing committed suicide because she didn’t want to marry.

-Partnerships are changed

-The heirs were different

-The storylines/plots between the paired heirs was less complicated.








Turtle and Chris are partners

Doug isn’t an heir

Mrs. Hoo and Jake aren’t heirs






Angela is engaged to E.J Plum

Angela sets of one bomb




Turtle is the narrator – we only know her perspective

The difference between theme and motif is quite clear, once the exact meaning of each of these terms is fully understood. Theme within a written work is typically expressed as the meaning or purpose of a piece of writing. It is not necessarily the events within a story, but it is the reason for those events and the type of idea or concept that they are meant to convey to a reader. A motif, however, is an event or image that is used, often repeatedly, within a story to reinforce the theme of a work and to the draw the reader's attention to a particular event or idea.

Motif noun 1. a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc., especially in a literary, artistic, or musical work.

Theme noun 1. a subject of discourse, discussion, meditation, or composition; topic

Red Herring
1. A smoked herring, or fish.

2. Something intended to divert attention from the real problem or matter at hand; a misleading clue.

The Author of The Westing Game uses figurative language throughout the novel to make the expression of an idea more interesting and to help explain things that might be difficult to understand.  The purpose of this worksheet is to examine uses of figurative language in this novel.

There are several types of figurative language:

Simile  - A simile uses the words “like” or “as”
to compare one object or idea with another to suggest they are alike.
Example: busy as a bee

Metaphor  - The metaphor states a fact or draws a verbal picture by the use of comparison.
A simile would say you are like something; a metaphor is more positive - it says you are something.
Example: You are what you eat.

Personification    - A figure of speech in which human characteristics are given
to an animal or an object. Example: My teddy bear gave me a hug.

Alliteration  - The repetition of the same initial letter, sound, or group of sounds in a series of words.
Alliteration includes tongue twisters. Example: She sells seashells by the seashore.

Onomatopoeia  - The use of a word to describe or imitate a natural sound or the sound
made by an object or an action. Example: snap crackle pop

Hyperbole  - An exaggeration that is so dramatic that no one would believe the statement is true.
Tall tales are hyperboles.
Example: He was so hungry, he ate that whole cornfield for lunch, stalks and all.

Idioms  - According to Webster's Dictionary, an idiom is defined as: peculiar to itself
either grammatically (as no, it wasn't me) or in having a meaning
that cannot be derived from the conjoined meanings of its elements
(as Monday week for "the Monday a week after next Monday")

Clichés   - A cliché is an expression that has been used so often that it has become trite
and sometimes boring. Example: Many hands make light work.



Listed below are examples of Figurative Language found in The Westing Game.  In the second box, write which type of Figurative Language you believe the example to be.  Then, see if you can find some examples of your own from previous chapters.

EXAMPLE:                                                                                        TYPE OF FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE:

1. “If her mother ever found out who the real bomber was, she would really go to pieces.”



2. “It’s a big step forward.”



3. “In the glass cabinet against the wall three rows of dentures grinned at her with crooked teeth…”



4. “…mad as a wet cat.”



5. “She had played right into the man’s hands…”


6. “…you sound like you’re on the bottle again.”