STORY 1: “The Lamp at Noon” by Sinclair Ross
The story “The Lamp at Noon” takes place in a dried up, unfertile desert. Dust storms are causing health problems for the family. The setting is crucial to create the dark and sad atmosphere of the story because it was all about the fact that there is something wrong with the place that it dried out their farm which caused them to suffer. Which also creates a mood of being dull, lonely and monotonous. The couple, Ellen and Paul, has been arguing about what they're going through. Ellen begs her husband to leave the place and stay at the city where they can get more decent clothes and food to eat. But Paul didn't want to leave because he still believes that the soil is still fine for farming, that one day the storm will stop and the sunlight will come back. The author chooses to close the story with a positive statement because it teaches a moral lesson to someone who have a big ego that doesn't consider any alternative options for his family to survive. The storm and his family, served as the tragedy that taught him a lesson to consider the people and the opportunities around him. Though he showed a strong faith to the farm that one day it’ll all be fine. In my opinion, I wouldn't think the story would end in a positive way because in reality, the wife is going to end up leaving him in no time. The last part of the story, she attempted leave the house and by the time Paul found them, the storm stopped. It'd be a peculiar coincidence.
STORY 2: "Ashes For the Wind" by Hero Tellez [Inside Stories II] Some significant symbols in the story are the wind, oil and the pile of dirt squished down. The wind symbolizes how things can never go back once it's been blown away. Oil symbolizes as the feed to the fire. Like in reality, the government use the 'goodness and security' as a fuel to the people to get their trust and their votes for elections. The dirt symbolizes the family, they were described as the dirt...
‘The shortstory lacks criticism and lacks form’. Justify this statement using any three stories from THE JAMBULA TREE AND OTHER STORIES.
The short was said to lack both criticism and form. These are some of the many false accusations that were levelled against the shortstory. These allegations, coupled with several others, have been responsible for the attitude of critics towards the shortstory. Critics considered the shortstory to be an inferior kind and did not think that it would be proper for them to indulge in critiquing it. According to them, the shortstory was below the dignity. They therefore did not pay it critical attention.
However, these accusations against the shortstory are false. It is very untrue to say that the shortstory lacks either of form or criticism. This is simply because saying the shortstory lacks form is equivalent to saying that the shortstory lacks style or patterning. This equally means that the shortstory has no underlying arrangement or a definite pattern. This is very untrue of the short...
...that plays a critical role throughout a variety of stories. It not only creates suspense but surprises the reader as well. This can be shown through the three shortstories entitled, “The Possibility of Evil”, “Just Lather, That’s All” and “The Skating Party”. It is critical that situational irony be used for effect in Shirley Jacksons', “The Possibility of Evil”.
The shortstory, “The Possibility of Evil” is an excellent example of situational irony. During the story, the reader expects Miss Strangeworths’ letters to go through the mail and be delivered to her victims. The young Harris boy finds one of the letters on the ground and says, “She dropped a letter addressed to Don Crane. Might as well take it to him” (Jackson, 228). Miss Strangeworth accidentally drops one of her letters. Mr. Crane receives the letter and is told by the Harris boy that it is from Miss Strangeworth. Due to the context of the letter, the reader expects Miss Strangeworth to be confronted by Mr. Crane, but that is not the case. Shirley Jackson states, “She began to cry silently for the wickedness of the world when she read the words: look out at what used to be your roses” (228). Surprisingly, an anonymous note was addressed to Miss Strangeworth. It was left with her mail, telling her about the destruction of her roses. Situational irony is shown in a multitude of examples throughout “The...
A shortstory is a brief work of literature, usually written in narrative prose. Emerging from earlier oral storytelling traditions in the 17th century, the shortstory has grown to encompass a body of work so diverse as to defy easy characterization. At its most prototypical the shortstory features a small cast of named characters, and focuses on a self-contained incident with the intent of evoking a "single effect" or mood. In doing so, shortstories make use of plot, resonance, and other dynamic components to a far greater degree than is typical of an anecdote, yet to a far lesser degree than a novel. While the shortstory is largely distinct from the novel, authors of both generally draw from a common pool of literary techniques.
Shortstories have no set length. In terms of word count there is no official demarcation between an anecdote, a shortstory, and a novel. Rather, the form's parameters are given by the rhetorical and practical context in which a given story is produced and considered, so that what constitutes a shortstory may differ between genres, countries, eras, and commentators. Like the novel, the short story's predominant shape reflects the demands of the...
...last bullet, as the ending of Jimmy’s miserable life, was imaginable. Tuco was still smiling, chill as he always had been. Jimmy had almost no strength left. He could barely say a complete sentence, however, he concentrated all his strength, spitted out one last phrase right at Tuco’s face : “ Go f*** yourself Tuco.” It was not very loud, but very penetrating and powerful. Tuco smiled and fired the bullet. 69 years old, the old man got on his way to heaven, or hell, for his madness and lack of chillness. Rest in peace Jimmy.
ShortStory Grading Rubric
CATEGORY Exceptional (6) Good (5) Fair (4) Poor (3)
Setting Many vivid, descriptive words are used to tell when and where the story took place. Some vivid, descriptive words are used to tell the audience when and where the story took place. The reader can figure out when and where the story took place, but the author didn't supply much detail. The reader has trouble figuring out when and where the story took place.
Characters The main characters are named and clearly described. Most readers could describe the characters accurately. The main characters are named and described. Most readers would have some idea of what the characters looked like. The main characters are named. The reader knows very little about the characters. It is hard to tell who the main characters are.
Problem/Conflict It is very easy for the reader to...
...Shortstory: Definition and History.
A shortstory like any other term does not have only one definition, it has many definitions, but all of them are similar in a general idea. According to The World Book Encyclopedia (1994, Vol. 12, L-354), “the shortstory is a short work of fiction that usually centers around a single incident. Because of its shorter length, the characters and situations are fewer and less complicated than those of a novel.” In the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (third edition) shortstory is defined as “an invented story which is no more than about 10 000 words in length.” At the same time online Britannica Encyclopaedia (britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/541698/short-story, 21.02.2012; 12:04 p.m.) adds that “shortstory is a brief fictional prose narrative that is shorter than a novel and that usually deals with only a few characters. It is usually concerned with a single effect conveyed in only one or a few significant episodes or scenes. The form encourages economy of setting, concise narrative, and the omission of a complex plot; character is disclosed in action and dramatic encounter but is seldom fully developed. Despite its relatively limited scope, though, a shortstory is often judged by its ability to...
...A shortstory concentrates on creating a single dynamic effect and is limited in character and situation. It is a language of maximum yet economical effect. Every word must do a job, sometimes several jobs. Shortstories are filled with numerous language and sound devices. These language and sound devices create a stronger image of the scenario or the characters within the text, which contribute to the overall pre-designed effect.As it is shown in the metaphor 'lipstick bleeding gently' in Cinnamon Toast. This describes how the lipstick on a woman's faces is travelling from the lips into the skins around the mouth. The author has chosen this metaphor because it contributes to the reader gaining a stronger image of the characters that they may wear too much makeup and try too hard sociably. It also shows that they are older (i.e. l
It also contributes to the image of them being smokers as this is meant to compound the problem. The use of the hyperbole 'sketching wildly on her forehead' in Cinnamon Toast once again shows that no word in a shortstory must be irrelevant. He dies for their sins therefore the fat boy is symbolic of Jesus Christ as Jesus died for us on the cross for our sins. ipstick does not bleed if you have youthful skin or do not wear too much). A shortstory is the language of economy. The fat boy is a symbol described as a person people dislike....
...ENG 4U1 ShortStory Discussion Questions
“If Not Higher” by I.L. Peretz
Write a journal entry discussing one moment that you did something for/to someone that made you proud. Write another moment that you did something for/to someone that made you ashamed.
1. Briefly examine why you believe the author chose to create these characters, to have them perform these actions, to tell their tales from this particular point of view.
2. Examine your own views on the end result of the shortstory. What values or feelings in you are invoked?
3. What things seem important to the characters in this story?
4. What mood are we in at the end of the story?
5. Judging from the opposition of the story, we can ask what aspects of human life the author seems to consider important. Briefly discuss the following statement:
How as readers can we not escape the symbolic import of the action, nor escape the contrasting vision each story creates concerning human nature. (hint: use the literary analysis definitions to help guide your answer).
“The Rocking Horse” by D.H. Lawrence
1. Identify examples of personification found in the story.
2. Characterize the mother. Discuss how she is both a good and bad mother using specific examples from the text.
3. Who took advantage of the boy and what...
...5 Important Elements of a ShortStory
A shortstory is a short work of fiction. Fiction, as you know, is prose writing about imagined events and characters. Prose writing differs from poetry in that it does not depend on verses, meters or rhymes for its organization and presentation.
Novels are another example of fictional prose and are much longer than shortstories. Someshortstories, however, can be quite long. If a a shortstory is a long one, say fifty to one hundred pages, we call it a novella.
American literature contains some of the world's best examples of the shortstory. Readers around the world enjoy the finely crafted stories of American writers such as O. Henry, Stephen Crane, Jack London, Mark Twain and Edgar Allen Poe.
What makes these authors such remarkable shortstory writers? They are true masters at combining the five key elements that go into every great shortstory: character, setting, conflict, plot and theme.
The ELLSA web-site uses one of these five key elements as the focus of each of the five on-line lessons in the Classics of American Literature section. In each lesson, you will explore a single American shortstory from the USIA Ladder Series and discover how...