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Short Story Literary Elements. Some basic elements that every good story should have …. Adapted from http://www.nebo.edu./misc/ learning\_resources/ppt/6-12/story\_elements.ppt. Every story needs characters…. Animals. People. Or Creatures.

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short story literary elements

Short Story Literary Elements

Some basic elements that every good story should have ….

Adapted from http://www.nebo.edu./misc/

learning_resources/ppt/6-12/story_elements.ppt

every story needs characters

Every story needs characters…

Animals

People

Or Creatures

good stories have a conflict
Good stories have a conflict.

Person vs. Person

Person vs. Nature

Person vs. Self

Person vs. Society

Person vs. Fate

the time and place of the story is the setting
The time and place of the story is the setting.

Details that describe:

Furniture

Scenery

Customs

Transportation

Clothing

Dialects

Weather

Time of day

Time of year

plot is the sequence of events in the story
Plot is the sequence of events in the story.

Climax

Rising Action

Falling Action

Resolution

Exposition

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During the exposition of the story, we are introduced to the characters, setting, and other background information.

During the rising action, we discover the characters’ problems and complications.

the climax is the most exciting part of the plot
The climax is the most exciting part of the plot…

Or the highest point of suspense in the story!!!

during the falling action the story winds down
During the falling action, the story winds down.

During the resolution or dénouement, the conflict is resolved and the story usually has a conclusion.

the point of view is the perspective of the story
The point of view is the perspective of the story.

“I was framed! I just wanted to borrow a cup of sugar!”

“That rotten wolf tried to eat us!!!!”

the theme is the author s central message or insight into life
The theme is the author’s central message or insight into life.
  • A theme can be

stated (told outright) or implied (revealed gradually).

example of theme
Example of Theme

“Every man needs to feel allegiance to his native country, whether he always appreciates that country or not.”

From “A Man Without a Country” by Edward Hale pg. 185 in Prentice Hall Literature book

whether you re the reader or the writer a good story should include these literary elements
Whether you’re the reader, or the writer, a good story should include these literary elements!!!

characters

protagonist

conflict

climax

point of view

setting

antagonist

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