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Elements of a Short Story- Three Little Pigs Perspective

Setting, Plot, Conflict, Characters

Tali Gott

on 1 September 2014

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Transcript of Elements of a Short Story- Three Little Pigs Perspective

Elements of a
Short Story

What you need to know!
Let's put it all together:
Working with your partners
Create a plot diagram identifying each plot element of "Three Little Pigs"
Describe the setting of the story.
Name the protagonist & antagonist & list 3 character traits for each.
Identify the conflict & type of conflict
Identify the theme of "Three Little Pigs"
You have 10 minutes to complete this task.
Place: Geographical location
Time: When does the story take place? (historical period, time of day, year, etc)
Weather conditions: Is it sunny, rainy, cold, snowy, etc?
Social conditions: What is the daily life of the characters like? Does the story contain cultural aspects such as speech, mannerisms, customs, etc of a particular place?
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:
External: A struggle with a force outside of one’s self.
Internal: 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:
The person in a work of fiction.
The characteristics of a person.
5 Essential Parts of Plot
Introduction or Exposition
The beginning of the story where the setting and characters are revealed.
Rising Action
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?)
Falling Action
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.
Essential to the plot. Without conflict, there is no plot.
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.
There are four kinds of conflict:
Man vs. Man
: The leading character struggles against other men.
Man vs. Circumstances/Nature
: The leading character struggles against fate, the circumstances of life he/she faces, forces of nature, or animals.
Man vs. Society
: The leading character struggles against ideas, practices, or customs of other people.
Man vs. Himself/Herself
: The leading character struggles with himself/herself, ideas of right and wrong, physical limitations, choices, etc.
The person in a work of fiction:
PROTAGONIST: The character that is clearly central to the story, all major events have some importance to this character.
ANTAGONIST: The opposer of the main character.
The author may reveal a character in several ways:
His/Her physical appearance
What he/she says, feels, thinks, and dreams
What he/she does or does not do
What other characters say about him/her and how others react to him/her
A theme is the main idea or message of the story. It is not simply a topic. For example, “love” is a topic; “love overcomes all” is a theme. “Overcoming obstacles” is a topic. “It is possible to overcome obstacles with positive thinking” is a theme. Not all stories have positive themes. Don’t confuse a theme with a “moral,” which implies something positive.
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."
And many, many others!
Once upon a time, there were three little pigs who lived with their mother in a meadow. One day the mother pig said to the three little pigs, "You need to go out into the world and make your own way." So they waved "goodbye" and out into the world they went. The pigs decided to build houses near the woods. A big bad wolf lived in the woods. He was not happy when he saw the three little pigs building houses nearby. The first little pig was lazy. He made a house of straw. The big bad wolf huffed and puffed and blew it down. The second little pig worked a little harder than the first little pig. He made a house of twigs. The big bad wolf huffed and puffed and blew the house down. The third little pig made a house of bricks. The big bad wolf huffed and puffed and huffed and puffed. But the house did not fall down. This made the big bad wolf very, very angry. He went up on the roof and tried to get into the house through the chimney. He climbed into the chimney and slid down into a pot of boiling water. He ran out of the house and never came back!
What story do you see here?
Are You Sure You Know The Whole Story?
What Changed?
Write a 4 paragraph essay comparing and contrasting your understanding of the characters based on the two different versions of the story
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