Short Story Elements. What is a short story?. A brief, imaginative narrative containing few characters, simple plot, conflict, and suspense which leads to a climax and a swift conclusion. Can be read in one sitting. THE 4 ELEMENTS OF THE SHORT STORY. PLOT SETTING CHARACTER THEME. #1. PLOT.
The chain of events in a story.
Consists of 6 main ingredients:
An excellent way to map out a story’s plot
Introduces the reader to:
Incidents which carry the plot along. It often
includes the following:
Physical and personality characteristics that
are revealed through:
The central idea about life that the story
highlights; THE MAIN IDEA (universal truths).
The message the author is conveying.
1) Red Riding Hood is about how you shouldn’t trust strangers
2) Stars Wars is a movie about Luke Skywalker
3) Apocalypse Now is about the insanity of war.
4) This painting is about loneliness
5) That story is about two guys who steal a car
6) Romeo and Juliet is about love
7) Romeo and Juliet is about two families fighting
8) I saw a movie last night about survival
9) Hansel and Gretel is about two children
10) Cinderella is about poetic justice