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Copy of Elements of a Short Story
Transcript of Copy of Elements of a Short Story
What you need to know!
Let's put it to practice!
Working in your groups:
Create a plot diagram identifying each plot element of "The Two Brothers"
Identify the theme of the story.
Be prepared to share!
Place: Geographical location
Time: When does the story take place?
Weather conditions: Is it sunny, rainy, cold or snowy?
Mood or Atmosphere: What feeling is created at the beginning of the story? Is it bright and cheery or dark and frightening?
Plot is the literary element that describes the structure of a story.
It shows the sequence of events and actions that occur within a story.
The plot is a planned, logical, series of events that have a beginning, a middle, and an end.
There are two types of conflicts:
: A struggle with a force outside of one’s self.
: A struggle within one’s self (Character must make a decision, overcome pain, resist an urge, etc)
There are two meanings for the word character:
in a work of fiction.
of a person.
5 Essential Parts of Plot
Introduction or Exposition
The beginning of the story where the setting and characters are revealed.
Where the events of the story become complicated and the conflict is revealed.
This is the highest point of interest and the turning point in the story. (What will happen next? Will the conflict be resolved?)
The events and complications begin to resolve themselves. (What happened after the climax? Was the conflict resolved?)
Resolution or "Denouement"
The final outcome of the story; the conclusion.
Any form of opposition that faces the main character.
Within a short story, there may be only one central struggle, or there may be a dominant struggle along with many minor ones.
The person in a work of fiction:
: The character that is clearly central to the story, all major events have some importance to this character.
: The opposer of the main character.
is the main idea or message of the story.
It is not simply a topic.
Not all stories have positive themes.
Don’t confuse a theme with a “moral,” which implies something positive, or lesson learned.
Some Popular Themes in Literature:
"Treat others the way you want to be treated."
"Be happy with what you have."
"Believe in yourself."
"Accept others' differences."