Jason took a deep breath and leaped off the plane after his brother Grant. They soared downwards slicing through the air and a brisk pace. “THIS IS AWESOME!” shouted Grant. “I KNOW” Jason replied “GOOD THING MOM ISNT HERE SHE WOULD KILL US!” The skydiving brothers continued their descent to the landing zone a small coconut island where they would be picked up by the pilot and flown back home before their parents would arrive back in town. Jason looked to his right and saw something that astonished him. Another island, a good deal bigger than the one they were headed toward. What stood out was a large column of smoke that was rising up into the infinite blue sky. “LOOK” shouted Jason. “I THOUGHT THE PILOT SAID THESE ISLANDS WERE DESERTED” replied Grant. “I WONDER WHAT IT COULD BE?” shouted Jason over the choppy wind. “WE ARE NOT GONNA FIND OUT”. Grant said “LETS DEPLOY!” Jason and his brother yanked their parachute cords but Jason’s didn’t deploy. He pulled again and again but to no avail. “HELP ITS NOT WORKING!” Grant (who’s parachute deployed just fine) turned his parachute and grabbed Jason before he could fall down any lower. “Got ya” Grant said as he held Jason in his arms. However the parachute was built only to carry the weight of one man. So the two of them made the parachute descend at a rate high above the recommended landing speed. “HANG ON WE ARE GOIN IN!” Shouted Grant. Then darkness. Jason opened his eyes and saw above him his brother’s red and green parachute stranded up in the canopy of palm trees. “What island are we on?” Jason wondered standing up. “Where is Grant?” he thought. “GRANT!” Jason shouted looking around for any sign of his brother. As he searched Jason noticed how beautiful the island was with its flowers and palm trees. Birds sang in the trees, bees buzzed harmlessly around, the palm trees danced gently in the light breeze and the flowers bloomed with their gorgeous colors. Jason put all of this aside as he was searching for his brother. Then Jason heard a gunshot and then another and another. It sounded like popcorn heating up in the microwave. Then he heard voices shouting and laughing. Jason ducked down and moved toward a heavily bushed area for the voices were not to far away. Jason lay down in the bushes in a position so that he could see where the voices were coming from. He heard footsteps and more voices coming nearer to him. Then two men appeared. One was tall and strong and was armed with a machine gun and a knife on his belt. The other was an older man who was blindfolded and whimpering in a language that Jason could not understand. The armed man kicked in the knees of the other man and pointed his gun at his forehead. Jason froze with fear. He watched as the tall man pulled the trigger without hesitation. Jason covered his mouth to hold back his yelp of fear. The tall man walked away back to where he came from. Jason breathed a sigh of relief and got up from the bush. “I got to find Grant and get off of here!” Jason said to himself. “Maybe they have Grant” thought Jason. “ I should follow that tall guy back to his buddies and see if they have him”. Jason stayed low and headed in the direction of the tall man. It wasn’t long before he caught up with the tall man who was just entering an open space, which looked like a base camp. Jason stayed behind the foliage and trees and desperately scanned the camp for his brother. His eyes came across a group cages made of bamboo. Inside the cages all sorts of animals that one might find on an island. There were monkeys, huge komodo dragons, and also a tiger. Then Jason’s heart skipped a beat as he saw his brother in one of the cages. He looked badly beat but he was still alive. “How can I possibly get him out of there”. Jason thought. As he was thinking one of the bandits walked over to the cage and grabbed Grant. He dragged him out to the middle of the camp. All the other men gathered around in a circle. Jason stiffened with fear. Then one…
Meaningful and Exceptional Stories
“Short fiction seems more targeted- hand grenades of idea, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them.” This is a powerful statement said by Paolo Bacigalupi. One reason I truly enjoy reading short stories is because they quickly convey important messages. Many I have read not only are interesting and unique but also teach moral lessons. In this short story unit, I have read countless short stories that I thoroughly had a pleasure…
In the short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Conner tells how a family’s vacation comes to a tragic end in the hands of a dangerous criminal called The Misfit. The ironic title indicates that men are hard to find due to their chauvinistic, short-tempered, and arrogant behaviors. However a controversial ending with the grandmother and the Misfit reveals a redemption scene which entails the behavior of woman. The women, including a girl, in this short story have patriarchal views of…
BY JOHN O'CONNOR and DAVID STOUCK Special to The Globe and Mail JAMES Sinclair Ross, Canadian novelist and short story writer, has died in Vancouver at age 88. Best known for his novel As For Me and My House and his short stories such as The Lamp at Noon and The Painted Door, Ross came to be identified as the pre-eminent chronicler of Western Canada in the Great Depression.
"As For Me and My House remains one of the major texts of Canada's literary culture," David Staines, editor of…
instinctiveness. Human survive on it. In the short story “The Large Ant” by Howard Fast, Fast illustrates surviving on instinct when he shows that humans are naturally violent, that the government will do anything to survive and that Morgan kills without hesitation.
A large percent of people crave violence and that’s solely an instinctive trait. Howard Fast does an excellent job at illustrating this throughout the short story “The Large Ant.”. The story takes place in Cold War Era USA during a time…
Elements of Short Stories
This includes the:
time (of day and year/season)
time period (early 1700’s)
place of a story (where in the world, country, village, home, room).
It helps establish the background, the plot, and can tell you a lot about
the characters who inhabit it
Task: Read the story following and create a description for the setting.
• Plot refers to events of a story. Every story has to
have things “happen” in order for it to be
• Usually the plot introduces…
Offshore Pirate and Young Goodman Brown Analysis
The story The Offshore Pirate by Scott Fitzgerald explores the life of a spoiled woman by the name Ardita Farnam who is in her early years. She is in a trip to Florida accompanied by her uncle. However, the offshore pirates capture their boat. This leads to a love affair between the woman and the captain. The second story Young Goodman Brown is a story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The narration takes place in the 17th century…
In the short story " Vitamins," the story is narrated in the first person and begins with the
narrator (unnamed) telling the reader first about his nothing job at the hospital and then about his
wife Patti’s job. Patti sells vitamins door to door and very early on the reader learns that Patti is
struggling in her job. She is the team leader for a group of girls but many of them don’t stay in
the job very long, some even leaving after a few hours of work, Carver highlighting to the reader
I woke up to a bang, as someone opened a door. I heard several footsteps coming towards me. I sat up and waited for those to approach me. Finally, a few men stopped in front of my cell.
“Jason Webster?” the man in the front asked. He was on the short side, maybe 5’ 6” with tussled black hair, barely touching his shoulders and a small beard. He wore a fancy three piece suit, with a dark blue tie.
“Yeah,” I replied.
“You’re free to go.” Surprised, I didn’t have a response. “Come,” he said.…
Literary Elements In Short Stories
In literature authors will often use literary elements in their writing. Literary elements give writing meaning beyond the surface, and often help in developing a theme in the story. They also often improve the quality of the writing, and make it more interesting for the reader. In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the authors use symbolism to describe how the main characters cannot live with a lack…
Borges’ Short Stories
Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius
Metafiction – Narrator talks about how he was discussing how one might write a book in the first person and omit/distort/contradict things “so that a very few readers might divine the horrifying or banal truth” this in itself is a contradiction
At the end of the hallway, mirrors distort things (they flip the image)
“Mirrors and copulation are abominable, for they multiply the number of mankind” – The Anglo-American Cyclopaedia