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Margaret Atwood ‘There was once…’

analysis of short story

Mako I

on 17 September 2012

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Evie, Patrick, Mako & Millie Margaret Atwood ‘There was once…’ dialogue is quick
funny without emphasis
all points covered effectiveley
limited characters
because its length, the story must be shortened and the sentences conveys a lot of messages so there is more to it.
Despite not having the opportunity to write as much as other authors, Atwood manages to create a strong sense of characterisation. For example, one of the characters is very pedantic, as she corrects her every word; whereas the other is more neurotic and becomes frustrated at the persistence and pettiness of her annoying interruptions. Less is More Take Risks one of the risks is that the whole piece is driven by dialogue so this is taking a risk,
there is no description of the characters and location of where this is set. We are thrown in the deep end and the dialogue is the only thing that the audience can relate to. This is another instance where Marge takes a risk. Writing stories requires great literacy techniques, because all the ideas, development and conclusion must be shortened.
So language must be chosen effectively, in order for message to be clearly and effectively conveyed to the audience.
Raymond Carter says that the target audience in a piece plays a big role in the writing of a story. For this piece, we believe that the target audience could be anyone from a child to an adult which can make the writing even more complicated to write as the writer has to communicate with them all. Short stories is not easy to write • The structure of the story is fragmentary.
• The story is a dialogue between 2 people so each speech is separated into paragraphs.
• The sentences are short to give a sense of drive and words used are sparingly and efficiently.
• Limited number of characters of only 3.
• Situation / location stays the same but is unknown.
• Story starts with the title there was once. This is the fundamental idea (1st person trying to tell a story).
• Story builds/ develops, as the 2nd person increases his/her interruptions and the 1st person starts to complain and get annoyed. Tension and idea develops.
• Ends with a question to create an effective ending as stated by Raymond carver. Suspense. Structure is key Despite the fact that the story is light-hearted and humourous, there is a constant theme of tension, as one character is getting progressively more and more annoyed at the other, and you are anticipating the moment when the character cracks.

another thing is that you don't know what happens at the end, which leaves you hungry for more, as the tension had been bubbling up in the cauldron. Tension 'Carver is saying that you can get across a message no matter its length either in a short story or a long novel' Don't be conscious of what and how you write when writing a short story you have a limit of how much you can write. You have to get across the message. Introduce your idea, develop it, and conclude with an effective ending. There has to be tension, a sense that something is imminent Conclusion
in conclusion we feel that the story was effective in many ways and encompasses Raymond Carvers principles of a Short story
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