Revenge is like sweet medicine – good for healing. The quote “No trait is more justified than revenge in the right time and place” is all about planning revenge to feel more satisfied. This quote from Meir Kahane can relate to real life situations, literature, and movies. On a Tuesday night I told my mom I was going to a friend’s house to hangout with a couple of friends and watch movies. Later on that night we snuck out the house to hangout with another group of friends which my mom specifically not to hangout with. But I actually thought I would get away with it because my plans usually work. After a couple of hours on our way back home to one of our friend’s house my mom drove by and saw me walking with a group of people that I was told not to hangout with. Already thinking of my punishment I would of never thought of getting caught this way. The quote “No trait is more justified than revenge in the right time and place” is a way to explain what happened to me because in this case karma has gotten revenge on me. In the short story “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson can relate to the quote addressed by Meir Kahane because revenge is the main purpose of this story. “The Possibility of Evil” starts with a good impression of an old lady, Ms. Strangeworth. She happens to be one of the oldest people living in “her” town. Ms. Strangeworth is what you call conceited because her ancestors “discovered” the little town she lives in. Everyone looks at her as an innocent, nosey old lady who cares for others. But the climax of the story changes everything because Ms. Strangeworth has been the one writing…
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…
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…
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…
Understand the importance of short stories
Identify the elements of fiction found in a
Define important elements of fiction
Identify steps in analyzing a short story
Storytelling is the oldest form of art and
is a way to learn about a culture and/ or
a historical period.
Short stories represent links in the
chain of human experience – meaningthe author is attempting to say
something about life through their art
Writers who lived in different…
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.…
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…
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…
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
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…
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…