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Literary Elements in Short Stories
Transcript of Literary Elements in Short Stories
borrows a necklace to seem
of a high class, but instead
rockets her down to poverty.
This is a prime example of irony. Internal conflict:
The mistress has to decide to
tell that the borrowed necklace
is gone, or to secretly buy a
new one. She (foolishly) chose the latter The Gift of
the Magi Theme: "Love is the
greatest gift of all" A pivotal plot element in "The Gift of the Magi" is irony, as it fuels the main conflict in the story:
The lovers want to buy each other a gift, but to afford the presents they must sell a prized possession. After doing so, the gift they buy is rendered obsolete, as they act in tandem with the possession each character sold. Poison Climax: In "Poison", the story builds up to the unveiling of the snake, when it turns out to be
an entirely anti-climactic climax, which makes it stand out; be memorable.
Conflict: Not only is there a physical conflict
involving the snake, but an inner conflict of
prejudices and the fear of death or maiming. The Sniper Mood: The mood of "The Sniper" is gloomy
and depressing. The character of the
sniper is round and
dynamic, as he changes
during the story and has
many complex layers. The Cask of
Amontillado Foreshadowing: When the
crest is described, it later
grimly parallels the position
of the two men. A Sound of
Thunder The tone of "...Thunder"
is dark and mysterious. Point of View: The point of
view in "A Sound of Thunder"
is third-person, as the story
is told from an omnipresent
position. THE END Thanks for reading!
"The Cask..." uses indirect
characterization to hide
the narrators insanity, and
uses it's information to
create suspense and intrigue