"The Treasure of Lemon Brown" and Elements of a Short StoryPresentation Transcript
When Greg Ridley wanders into an empty apartment building, he meets Lemon Brown, a homeless man who reveals that he has a treasure. What will Greg and Lemon Brown do when thieves come searching for the treasure? Cress - Lang. Arts 8
Born 1937 in West Virginia, but spent most of his life in Harlem, NYC.
Raised by foster parents, his life was happy but chaotic.
He grew up with a speech impediment. Writing became a habit and he acquired an early love of reading.
In 1954, he quit high school and joined the army.
Identifying the Elements of A Plot Diagram
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Plot is the organized pattern or sequence of events that make up a story. Every plot is made up of a series of incidents that are related to one another.
This usually occurs at the beginning of a short story. Here the characters are introduced. We also learn about the setting of the story. Most importantly, we are introduced to the main conflict (main problem).
This part of the story begins to develop the conflict(s). A building of interest or suspense occurs.
This is the turning point of the story. Usually the main character comes face to face with a conflict. The main character will change in some way.
All loose ends of the plot are tied up. The conflict(s) and climax are taken care of.
The story comes to a reasonable ending.
1. Exposition 2. Rising Action 3. Climax 4. Falling Action 5. Resolution Beginning of Story Middle of Story End of Story
Setting- The time and place in which the story takes place.
Conflict-The struggle in the story.
Person vs. Person… the leading character struggles against another character.
Person vs. Self… the leading character struggles against his or her own self.
Person vs, Society… the leading character struggles against a population.
Person vs. Nature… the leading character struggles against fate/events.
First person- Narrator participates in the action of the story.
Second person- Narrator tells the story to another character, referring to them as “you“.
Third person- Narrator does not participate in the action; is not one of the characters. An outside voice.
Limited- Narrator’s knowledge is limited to only one character, either major or minor.
Omniscient- Knows EVERYTHING, knows all thoughts/feelings from every character in the story.
Protagonist- The central character in a written piece.
Antagonist- Character(s) in conflict with the main character
Minor Character(s)- Those in the background who don’t play a major role.
Mood- Effect of the writer’s words on the reader.
“ This story made me really sad… ”
Style- How the writer’s expression sets him or her apart from other writers.
“ O. Henry uses much bigger words than any author I’ve ever read before! Why is he so wordy?”
Tone- Author’s attitude toward the subject.
“ The author seems to suggest that we should all treat homeless people the same way the protagonist treated Lemon Brown…”