“Tiger can’t sleep” by S.J.Fore. Prior to performing interpretation


Course: Public Speaking


Please read “Tiger can’t sleep” by S.J.Fore. Prior to performing interpretation, you are to analyze “Tiger can’t sleep”. Then write a textual analyses. Here are some questions to answer in your analysis.

  1. Who is the main voice in the “Tiger can’t sleep”? To whom is the voice speaking? How did you choose the tone of the voice?
  2. What is going on here, exactly? What is the plot line of the “Tiger can’t sleep”? What is the author’s intended meaning of the “tiger can’t sleep”? How can you convey that meaning orally or physically?
  3. What sorts of people live in “Tiger can’t sleep”? What are their personalities saying? What autistic gestures can you use to identify and separate these characters?
  4. What does the environment say about “Tiger can’t sleep”? How are you conveying the environment in your presentation?
  5. Are there characters that are never seen or heard from? If not, why not? Where is your focus for these characters?


1-2 pages. Every word must be spelt properly, all grammar and punctuation must be correct. Please make sure to check and double-check for any grammatical or spelling errors. Besides, my computer can’t open the DOC files. Please send me the solution with PDF file. Thank you.


Tiger Can’t Sleep is a fun book for children infused with lots of fun and opportunities to practice voice modulation (“Tiger Can’t Sleep”, n.d.). The central protagonists in this piece are a boy and a tiger. But the main voice in Tiger Can’t Sleep, in my opinion, is the little boy though some few can be heard from the tiger. The conversation between the little boy and the tiger constitutes the basic theme of the story and the majority of the story is composed of the dialogue of the little boy conveyed towards the tiger. It is noteworthy that on some occasion the little boy is talking to himself also.

The story is about a little boy who is willing to go to sleep but can’t do so as there is a tiger in his closet that is actually making different types of noises and keeping on talking. Such noises and are hindering the process of sleep and the little boy is unable to fall asleep. The noises are almost intolerable for the little boy and he yells at the tiger in order to prevent the latter in making further noises. But interestingly enough the different types of sounds that are described in this piece generate a rhythm that has essentially contributed to the development of the story. Moreover, there is a repetition in the behavior of the tiger. Each time the little boy yells at the tiger and tries to prevent the tiger to make noise, the tiger apologizes, “Oops! Tiger is sorry…won’t make another sound” (Fore, 2006).

Just like the behavior of the tiger the plot of the story is also based on repetition. The conversation between the boy and the tiger remains thematically same and this aspect lies in the hardcore of the story. But though this theme remains unchanged stagnancy has been avoided by Fore through the implementation of myriads of sounds which are changing according to the story’s progress. Sometimes we hear “Ker-thump! Ker-thump! Ker-thump! Ouch! (Fore, 2006) and sometimes it changes to “Boo-hoo, Boo-hoo, Boo-hoo… (Fore, 2006). And these changing sounds render dynamism to the story and make the story thoroughly enjoyable for children and adults alike.

The primary endeavor behind this story is to convey the fact that the imagination of a child can be expansive and immense. And it is the virtue of childhood which makes the little boy imagines a world of his own where mystery, fun, and joy are amalgamated. Moreover, the world depicted within the story is composed of mainly two individuals, the little boy and the tiger. The little boy’s bedroom has been turned into a magical world where the conversation between a boy and a tiger has been transformed into a conversation taking place between two living beings who cannot be separated according to their species and this is because there is no need of doing so as both the boy and the tiger understand each other’s language. The homely environment depicted in the story is also infused with a fairytale-like ambience. And as stated earlier there are two central characters within the story, the boy and the tiger. So, in my opinion, there are no other major characters present in the story from whom we can hear something. But in a subtle manner the character of the boy’s mother has been projected in the story through the mockeries of the little boy. And for me the omission of such representation would not have affected the story as the tone of the story has already been set by the little boy and the tiger if the story would have been continued only involving these two characters (without involving the mother’s character) then also the structure would have remained appropriate.

(622 words)



Fore, S. J. (2006). Tiger Can’t Sleep. Viking Children’s Books.

Tiger Can’t Sleep. (n.d.). Library In a Box. Retrieved September 19, 2012, from http://www.skpl.org/~skpl/content/tiger-cant-sleep

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