Presentation on theme: "SHORT STORY ELEMENTS With special reference to Roald Dahl’s works in The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories."— Presentation transcript:
1 SHORT STORY ELEMENTSWith special reference to Roald Dahl’s works in The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories
2 MAIN ELEMENTSSetting – the time and location in which a story takes placePlot – the sequence of events in a story or playConflict – the opposition of forces which ties one incident to another and makes the plot moveCharacter – the person and his characteristics in a work of fictionPoint of View – the angle from which the story is toldTheme – the central idea or belief
3 SETTINGThe 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.
4 Place – Where is the story taking place? ASPECTS IN SETTINGPlace – 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?
5 Setting in Roald DahlTo what extent is setting important in the following storiesThe LandladyThe Umbrella ManParson’s PleasureThe ButlerNeck
6 PLOTThe 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.
7 Five essential parts of plot Introduction – the beginning of the story where the characters and the setting is revealedRising Action – This is where the events in the story become complicated and the conflict in the story is revealedClimax – This is the highest point of interest and the turning point of the story.
8 Plot cont.Falling Action – The events and complications begin to resolve themselves. The reader knows what has happened next and if the conflict was resolved or notDenouement – This is the final outcome or untangling of events in the story
9 Plot in Roald DahlDiscuss the essential parts of the plot in the following stories:Mrs Bixby and the Colonel’s CoatTasteMan from the South
10 CONFLICTIt 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.
11 There are two types of conflict: 1. External – a struggle with a force outside one’s self2. Internal – a struggle within one’s self; a person must make some decision, overcome pain, quiet their temper, resist un urge, etc.
12 There are four kinds of conflict: 1. man vs man (physical)2. man vs circumstances (classical)3. man vs society (social)4. man vs him/herself (psychological)
13 Conflict in Roald Dahl What elements of conflict do you find in: KatinaParson’s PleasureNeck
14 CHARACTERThis 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.
15 The Characteristics of a Person Characterization is the information the author gives the reader about the characters themselves. These include:His/her physical appearanceWhat he/she says, thinks, feels and dreamsWhat he/she does or does not doWhat others say about him/her and how others react to him/her
16 Character cont. Characters are convincing if they are: Consistent MotivatedLife-likeCharacters are:Individual (round, many sided and complex)Developing (dynamic, changing)Static (stereotype, characteristics that never change and are emphasized)
17 Character in Roald Dahl Which characters do you find most interesting in Roald Dahl’s anthology?Are they protagonists or antagonists?
18 POINT OF VIEWThis is defined as the angle from which the story is told:1. Innocent Eye2. Stream of Consciousness3. First Person4. Omniscienta. Omniscient Limitedb. Omniscient Objective
19 Point of View in Roald Dahl Discuss point of view in:The Umbrella ManRoyal JellyKatinaTaste
20 THEMEThe 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
21 Theme cont.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
22 Themes in Roald DahlCategorise the stories in The Great Automatic Grammatizator and Other Stories according to their theme. You might want to consider the following themes:RelationshipsCheating and trickeryBettingHorror or macbreMaking money
23 General Question Matsec 2009 – Paper 2A With reference to any two stories in the collection, write about three characteristics typical of short story writing.