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Elements of a Short Story
Transcript of Elements of a Short Story
The message that the author is trying to convey.
struggle between two people or things
In Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," the story takes place in the country of France.
In Disney's "The Little Mermaid", some parts of the story take place in an underwater grotto filled with human artifacts and hidden treasures.
Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" was set in the early 1800s.
What the author comes right out and tells you about the character
"The boy was very sneaky."
"The woman was frail and weak."
Information that the reader must infer from what the character says, does, and thinks
"The beady-eyed boy shot his hand across the girl's desk when she wasn't looking and stole her homework."
In other words, what is the author saying about being human?
A topic is usually one-word. For example, the topic of a story might be "war," while the theme might by that "war is useless and detrimental to a society."
"Love is the most important part of life."
"Money is the root of all evil."
What do you think is the theme of "The Three Little Pigs"?
Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Self
Man vs. Man
Man vs. Society
This usually occurs at the beginning of a short story. Here the characters are introduced. We also learn about the setting of the story. Most importantly, we are introduced to the main conflict (main problem).
This part of the story begins to develop the conflict(s). A building of interest or suspense occurs.
The “high point”. This is the turning point of the story. Usually the main character comes face to face with a conflict. The main character will change in some way.
Events leading to the resolution.
The point where the conflict is solved and loose ends are tied up.