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  1. Short Stories Notes: 8-6

  2. “The Battle by the Breadfruit Tree” • Setting: African plateau, 20th century • Protagonist: mama baboon? Cameraman? • Antagonist: leopard? baboon? The fact that they were frozen? • Conflict: leopard tries to kill the baboon baby? Can’t get a picture? • Climax: the mama dies…kills the leopard • Ending: tied up- explained • OS: “Smith and I were anxious to procure…” • POV: 1st 3rd omniscient???

  3. “The Gun” • Setting: schoolyard, modern times, Chicago • Protagonist: Derek • Antagonist: detectives/Derek’s bad judgement • Conflict: detectives question Derek • Climax: Derek learns he killed the woman • Ending: twist • OS: “He runs…” • POV: 3rd

  4. “Finding Myself” • Setting: NY Hastings high school 1980s • Protagonist: Jeannie Ryan • Antagonist: herself/lack of self-confidence skill • Conflict: trying to become a good basketball player • Climax: she makes the jump shot • Ending: tied up • OS: “Coach Ely said that I’d know when it was right.” • POV: 1st person

  5. “The Secret” • Setting: moon, airlock 5, future…rain • Protagonist: Henry Cooper-journalist • Antagonist: humans, Dr. Hastings • Conflict: unknown information? • Climax: Cooper discovers humans can live longer on the moon • Ending: cliffhanger • OS: “Henry Cooper had been living on the moon for two weeks before he figured out something was wrong.” • POV: 3rd

  6. “On the Outside” • Setting: train from Detroit to NY, 1930s • Protagonist: boy? • Antagonist: poverty/capitalism/businessman • Conflict: struggle between poverty and capitalism • Climax: discover the dad’s dead • Ending: twist • OS: “I can’t remember when the boy got on the train.” • POV: 1st