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Title: Elements of a Short Story


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Elements of a Short Story
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Overview
  • Short stories often contain structural and
    character elements that should be familiar to
    you.
  • These elements can be used as guides to help you
    think about the actions, themes, and contexts of
    the story.

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Elements of a Short Story
  • Theme
  • Setting
  • Characters
  • Point of view
  • Characterization
  • Plot
  • exposition
  • rising action
  • conflict
  • climax
  • falling action
  • resolution

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Theme
  • The main idea of a literary work, usually
  • expressed as an underlying message.

Setting
The time and place in which a work of literature
happens.
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Characters
  • The people (or actors) in the story.

Point of View
How the story teller (the narrator) sees or
views things.
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Characterization
  • The description of the personalities of the
    characters in the story and the way in which an
    author reveals their personalities.
  • There are 2 types of characterization
  • Direct Characterization
  • Indirect Characterization

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Characterization (cont.)
  • Direct Characterization the writer makes direct
    statements about a character's personality and
    tells the reader what the character is like.
  • Indirect Characterization the writer reveals
    information about a character through that
    character's thoughts, words, and actions.
  • Traits are also revealed through what other
    characters think or say
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