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  • Webster Collegiate Dictionary Merriam Webster
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    A short story is, by definition an invented prose narrative shorter than a novel usually dealing with a few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary). Short stories contain certain elements, which consist of the following: plot, characters, theme and setting (Axelrod and Cooper The St. Martins guide to writing 383). In addition, the Short story is told from a specific point of view. All the ...
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  • The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
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    James Thurber was born December 8, 1894 in Columbus Ohio. He is known for his novels but it is the short story in which he excels. In the short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, it is possible to see that Thurber's life has a profound impact on the storys theme. The short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was written by James Thurber. After reading this short story, one can conclude that this short story had some connection with the life of James Thurber. The short story The Secret Life...
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  • 14 Th Century 19 Th Century
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    The short story dates back as early as the 14 th Century. It offers what a novel or the equivalent would offer but it has a swiftness and completeness about it. According to Ruby Redinger, the short story is most powerful through graphic narration (752). The short story has captured a diverse group of things from the supernatural to an everyday occurrence. Nearly any situation can be worked into a short story if the right writer is managing the idea. The first masters of the short story in the e...
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  • Alfred Hitchcock Short Story
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    The short story "The Birds" was written by Daphne du Married and was filmed and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It has a very interesting and suspenseful plot. The short story was well written and the film was well played, both are very similar. Although, they have a few differences the film and short story have the same mood and theme. Would the differences in the film and the short story affect the suspenseful and frightening plot? Alfred Hitchcock did an outstanding job filming the movie matchi...
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  • Blair Witch Short Story
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    ... so 6 - Conclusion Culminating Activity Overview - Students will read "The Lottery" and respond to the themes of the story through small group discussion, and personal questions. Outcomes - -- Students will have practise in responding to themes in a short story. -- Students will be able to use prior knowledge of elements of short stories to discuss the use of suspense and drama in writing. Procedures - 1. As a class read Jackson's "The Lottery." 2. At the end of the story ask students to writ...
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  • Christina Rossetti Kate Chopin
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    Christina Rossetti's poem "A Birthday" and Kate Chopin's short story "The Story of an Hour" present conflicting attitudes toward love. In particular the speaker in Rossetti's poem is anticipating and overjoyed by the arrival of her new found love, whereas the character in Chopin's story, after the initial shock of her new found freedom, was overjoyed by the loss of her love. In the poem and short story several literary elements and techniques were used to convey these different attitudes toward ...
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  • Sweat By Zora Neale Hurston
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    Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston Introduction Issues concerning women have been present in African American literature since ancient times. It was not just a case: African American women have always been preoccupied with the problems of men and women, family, gender roles, moral choices, good and evil, closely related to African American writers have been looked upon as possible to provide the answers for the questions. Sweat, Hurston's best short story about a womans struggle for survival, is a perf...
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  • Edgar Allan Poe House Of Usher
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    Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe was born near London on the 19 th of January 1809. His mother was an actor and his father was a doctor. When Poe was 2 years old his father disappeared. His mother, who was seriously ill in tuberculosis, took Poe and his sister to Richmond, Virginia. Poe's mother died soon after this. The two siblings became then separated and Poe was taken care of by the wealthy family of the Allan's. Due to Mr. Allan's work the family had to move to England, where they spent fiv...
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  • Miss Brill Short Story
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    Miss Brill is a short story by Katherine Mansfield seen from a limited omniscient view. The main character and host character for the narrator is Miss Brill, an English teacher who lives in a country with a french speaking population. The observations on which I base these conclusions are the fact that Miss Brill thinks about her english students and visits the Jardins Publicues, french for public park. The first impression I got of miss Brill was that she was a wealth older lady who visit a wee...
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  • Jackson Nest
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    Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco, California on December 14, 1916. Jackson began writing in journals at a very young age. She took an interest in the supernatural at as a child as this 1933 New Year? s Resolution shows; ? seek out the good in others rather than explore the evil? (Ragland). Jackson started college at the University of Rochester. She dropped out of school, and transferred to Syracuse University, in the fall. At Syracuse University, she met her husband Stanley Edgar Hyman....
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  • Daniel Webster Short Story
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    In the movie and the short story, ? The Devil and Daniel Webster? , written by Stephen Vincent Benet, there is illustrated the battle between the forces of good and evil. Although the story allows the reader to mentally picture the scenes and the movie does the depicting for the viewer, there are several similarities in each script. Some of these similarities are the way the characters are depicted and the final scene. There are several incongruous scenes between the short story and the way the ...
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  • Edgar Allen Poe Long Time Ago
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    Fear in Different Genres Fear is defined as a condition between anxiety and terror either natural and well-grounded or unreasoned and blind. Fear is one emotion that everyone dislikes, and it is as unavoidable as night or day. Through the use of novels, plays, films, short stories, and poems it becomes clear that fear is an emotion that the writer like to heighten not only in the protagonist, but also in the reader. After reading great works by people such as George Orwell and Stephen King, it b...
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  • Louise Mallard Roller Coaster
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    In the Feelings Feelings In the short story A Story of An Hour by Kate Chopin, the whole range of emotions are felt by the main charter Louise Mallard. Upon learning of her husband s death she is immediately overcome by sadness. However, once she is alone she allows herself to experience her feelings of joy at the prospect of being free from repression. She is no more able to staff off the feeling that was approaching her than trying to stop the waves from hitting the shore. Basically stated we ...
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  • Mr And Mrs Short Story
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    In the short story The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry, the couple, Mr. and Mrs. Dillingham Young sacrificed their most prized possessions for one another. They did this in order to buy each other nice Christmas presents. Della&# 8470; s most prized possession was her beautiful hair that she cut off and sold for the money. Jim&# 8470; s was his gold watch which he also sold so that he could buy Della a gift. Della and Jim both sold their favorite things to buy each other something special. Della b...
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  • Franco Prussian War Guy De
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    Guy de Maupassant Guy de Maupassant is acknowledged through the world as one of the masters of the short story; Guy de Maupassant was also the author of a collection of poetry, a volume of plays, three travel journals, six novels, and many chronicles. He produced some three hundred short stories in the single decade from 1880 to 1890; a period during which he produced most of his other works. Five of his six novels were published during the second half of the decade. His short fiction has been c...
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  • Kill A Mocking Bird Father And Son
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    Intertextuality The difference between short stories and novels extends far beyond the obvious, Short stories are often read in a single sitting and can be defined as a brief version of logical events usually revolving about a singular plot. Whilst a novel may retain many of the characteristics of a short story the format builds upon these basic ideas and concepts, expanding on themes and extending the plot and shaping the story through complicated interaction between characters. The process of ...
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  • Boston G K Hall Sun Also Rises
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    SOLDIERS HOME': ANOTHER STORY OF A BROKEN HEART He knew he could never get through it all again. Soldiers Home dont want to go through that hell again. The Sun Also Rises In the works of Ernest Hemingway, that which is excluded is often as significant as that which is included; a hint is often as important and thought-provoking as an explicit statement. This is why we read and reread him. Soldiers Homes a prime example of this art of echo and indirection. Harold Krebs, the protagonist of Soldier...
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  • Short Story Quot Quot Hemingway
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    He knew he could never get through it all again. " Soldiers Home" " I dont want to go through that hell again. " The Sun Also Rises In the works of Ernest Hemingway, that which is excluded is often as significant as that which is included; a hint is often as important and thought-provoking as an explicit statement. This is why we read and reread him. " Soldiers Home" is a prime example of this art of echo and indirection. Harold Krebs, the protagonist of " Sold...
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  • Short Story Criticism Century Literature Criticism
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    Honors English II 10 th- 7 th period March 30, 1998 O. Henry led a life comprised of love, deception, losses, pain, and delight. He draws these aspects of his life into his talent of writing. One can find a description of O. Henrys life experiences in virtually all of his works. He describes his fears and longings, his triumphs and losses. One can consider a prime example of him incorporating his life into his art to be The Last Leaf. O. Henry utilizes his trademark styles of a sacrificial theme...
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  • Katherine Anne Porter Studies In Short Fiction
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    Born May 15, 1890, in Indian Creek, Texas; Katherine Anne Porter has written numerous short stories and a novel. Katherine Anne Porter uses autobiographical information and symbolism to relate the story of Miranda? s maturation into adulthood in her short story? The Grave. ? In? The Grave, ? Miranda discovers her feminine side (West 28), and although she is only a child, Miranda understands a few of the events that shape a person into adulthood (Mooney 20). Porter? s genius as a writer is most e...
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