Short Story The genre contains literary elements including plot, character and conflict but in smaller chunks than novels.
Respond in your journal: What do you know about short stories? What are the parts or components of a short story? What short stories have you read? What questions do you have about short stories?
Point of View An automobile accident occurs. Two drivers are involved. Witnesses include four sidewalk spectators, a policeman, a man with a video camera who happened to be shooting the scene, and the pilot of a helicopter that was flying overhead. Here we have nine different points of view and, most likely, nine different descriptions of the accident. In short fiction, who tells the story and how it is told are critical issues for an author to decide. The tone and feel of the story, and even its meaning, can change radically depending on who is telling the story. Remember, someone is always between the reader and the action of the story. That someone is telling the story from his or her own point of view. This angle of vision, the point of view from which the people, events, and details of a story are viewed, is important to consider when reading a story.
Point of View First Person Third Person Omniscient Limited
First Person In the first person point of view, the narrator does participate in the action of the story. When reading stories in the first person, we need to realize that what the narrator is recounting might not be the objective truth. We should question the trustworthiness of the accounting.
Third Person Omniscient A narrator who knows everything about all the characters is all knowing, or omniscient
Third Person Limited A narrator whose knowledge is limited to one character, either major or minor, has a limited point of view.
Truth or Fallacy? How does the point of view affect your responses to the characters? How is your response influenced by how much the narrator knows and how objective he or she is? First person narrators are not always trustworthy. It is up to you to determine what is the truth and what is not.
Characters Characters are either major or minor and either static (unchanging) or dynamic (changing). The character who dominates the story is the major character. All other characters, who influence the major character, are called minor characters.
Freytag’s Triangle We will use graphic organizers to dissect the physical attributes of Short Story. I will give you copies of Freytag’s Triangles or you may use Story Boards to follow the plot.
How to learn about characters: Carefully analyze the following: Physical traits Dialogue Actions Attire Opinions Point of view
Setting Writers describe the world they know. Sights, sounds, colors, and textures are all vividly painted in words as an artist paints images on canvas.
Importance of Setting A writer imagines a story to be happening in a place that is rooted in his or her mind. The location of a story's actions, along with the time in which it occurs, is the setting. Setting is created by language. How many or how few details we learn is up to the author. Many authors leave a lot of these details up to the reader's imagination.
Plot “Beginning, middle, and end” is the simplest method of describing plot. “Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution” is a more expanded and detailed way of looking at the components of a story’s plot.
Exposition Exposition is generally when the reader is introduced to the characters, the setting, and often preexisting events or conflicts.
Resolution is when there is nothing else left to happen. Resolution is a more precise term to use, because it does not suggest the utter finality that the term “end” does. There are many ways to consider the resolution of a story. A tale can come to complete resolution. This we often refer to as the happy ending. Many stories end without complete resolution, however. This is why it is preferable to refer to the conclusions of stories as coming to a certain degree of resolution.
Rising Action (Conflict) Rising action begins with the introduction of conflict to the plot. At that point suspense begins to build if we are sympathetic to the characters. Further complications and conflict add to the rising action until the climax brings the action to a high point.
Climax and Falling Action Usually, the climax is marked by an event that will change the characters and the direction of the story significantly. Falling action follows. In short stories this aspect of the story is sometimes difficult for readers to pinpoint. The events during falling action show the characters adjusting, or failing to adjust, to the changes that have been brought about in the course of the story.
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