Short Story Characteristics

 Short Stories
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 Short Stories

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Plot of story:

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Plot and tension
  • The plot is the development in the story. One action or event relates to another action or event.
       Example: The King died, and the Queen died of grief.
       The ‘wh-questions’ are a good means to discover the plot.
  • Tension (or suspense) relates to the plot. The more (unexpected) things happen, the more tension a reader will experience.

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  • Protagonist, main character: usually one or two
  •  readers often connect with the character. 
  • Description: often uses labels: e.g. jealous, courageous, cheeky, though, strong, weak, etc. 
  • Not a lot of character development in short stories. 
  • The character is not the same as the plot. 

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In three to five words, how would you describe yourself as a character?

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  • The theme is the message of the story. 
  • When you know the theme you will understand the story. 
  • Some keywords for themes: love - revenge - redemption - good vs evil 
  • You need to be able to describe the theme, so a theme is usually more than a keyword. 
  • Stories contain multiple themes  

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  • Time and place
  •  Examples for place: country, house, room
  • Examples for time: specific year or era, war time, future, seasons
  • Sometimes there are no direct references, so look for clues. For example: references to historic events, name of the king/queen, is it inside our outside. 

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Narration or Point of view
  • The narrator is the person or other character who is telling us the story. 
  • Usually it is clear who the narrator is. 
  • Different narration types

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First person or I-narrative
  •  it is told from a particular character's point of view, as they are experiencing it themselves 
  • Usually you don't get the perspectives of other characters. 
  • uses first person pronouns (I, we, me, us) 

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Third person narrative
  • tells the story using third person pronouns (they,  their, he, she) 
  • Usually narrated by an outsider, someone who doesn't appear in the story. 

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