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5 Short Story Elements

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Tyler Malmstrom

on 16 March 2017

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Transcript of 5 Short Story Elements

The 5 Short Story Elements
Noun (plural): a part or aspect of something
what happens
actions taken in the story
Rising Action
Falling action
(problems become resolved)
Who is performing the action in the story.

Protagonist: main character

Antagonist: the character that represents
the opposition to the main character.

Supporting Characters: characters that support the main characters of a story.

Static(Flat) Character: A character that stays the

Dynamic(Round) Character: A character that
Conflict: The problem in a story. Every story
has a conflict
Types of Conflicts:
Character vs. Self: Internal Conflict; when a character struggles with themselves.

Character vs. Character: When a character struggles with another character in a story.

Character vs. World(nature, society): When a character struggles with the world around them. For example, a character may struggle with their environment or social construct that they live in.
What type of conflict is this?
What type of conflict is this?
-Where the story takes place.
-There can be more than one setting.
-Setting can help create mood.
Theme: something learned throughout the work.
-There can be more than one theme.
-A theme must be a complete sentence.
-A theme must be arguable and universal.

For example: "Forgiveness is a key to happiness."
"There is no winner in war."

Do NOT confuse themes with motifs.
A motif is one word that is recurrent in a work.
-Acceptance, Bad Environment, War, Peace
What mood would this setting create?
What mood does this setting create?
The more specific you are, the better all of these parts will function in your story!
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