Elements of a short story

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Elements of a short story

  1. 1. Setting – the time and location in which a story takes place Plot – the sequence of events in a story or play Conflict – the opposition of forces which ties one incident to another and makes the plot move Character – the person and his characteristics in a work of fiction Point of View – the angle from which the story is told Theme – the central idea or belief
  2. 2. The time and location in which a story takes place is called the setting. For some stories the setting is very important, while for others it is not. There are several aspects of a story’s setting to consider when examining how setting contributes to a story. Some, or all, may be present.
  3. 3. Place – Where is the story taking place? Time – When is the story taking place? Weather conditions – Is it rainy, sunny…? Social conditions – What is the daily life of the characters like? Does the story contain local colour? Mood or atmosphere – What feeling is created at the beginning of the story?
  4. 4. The plot is how the author arranges events to develop his basic idea; it is the sequence of events. The plot is a planned, logical series of events having a beginning, middle and end. The short story usually has one plot so it can be read in one sitting.
  5. 5. Introduction – the beginning of the story where the characters and the setting is revealed Rising Action – This is where the events in the story become complicated and the conflict in the story is revealed Climax – This is the highest point of interest and the turning point of the story.
  6. 6.  Falling Action – The events and complications begin to resolve themselves. The reader knows what has happened next and if the conflict was resolved or not Denouement – This is the final outcome or untangling of events in the story
  7. 7. It is the opposition of forces which ties one incident to another and makes the plot move. It is any form of opposition that faces the main character. Within a short story there may be only one central struggle, or one dominant struggle with many minor ones.
  8. 8. 1. External – a struggle with a force outside one’s self 2. Internal – a struggle within one’s self; a person must make some decision, overcome pain, quiet their temper, resist un urge, etc.
  9. 9. 1. man vs man (physical) 2. man vs circumstances (classical) 3. man vs society (social) 4. man vs him/herself (psychological)
  10. 10. This includes the person in a work of fiction and the characteristics of a person. In a work of fiction, one finds the protagonist and the antagonist. The protagonist is the central character with all major events having some importance to him/her. The opposer of the main character is the antagonist.
  11. 11. Characterization is the information the author gives the reader about the characters themselves. These include: a. His/her physical appearance b. What he/she says, thinks, feels and dreams c. What he/she does or does not do d. What others say about him/her and how others react to him/her
  12. 12.  Characters are convincing if they are:  Consistent  Motivated  Life-like Characters are: 1. Individual (round, many sided and complex) 2. Developing (dynamic, changing) 3. Static (stereotype, characteristics that never change and are emphasized)
  13. 13. This is defined as the angle from which the story is told.
  14. 14. 1. Innocent Eye 2. Stream of Consciousness 3. First Person 4. Omniscient a. Omniscient Limited b. Omniscient Objective
  15. 15. The theme is the controlling idea or its central insight. It is the author’s underlying meaning or main idea that he is trying to convey. It may be the author’s thoughts about a topic or view of human nature
  16. 16. The title of the short story usually points to what the writer is saying and he may use various figures of speech to emphasize his theme, such as: symbol, allusion, simile, metaphor, hyperbole or irony
  17. 17. End
  18. 18. Thank you for listening.

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