In the story “Poison” by Roald Dahl who is a very talented writer that has written many successful stories in the past. In all of his stories, he uses techniques such as making the story filled with mysterious events to confuse the reader and keep them from guessing, slow pace then starts speeding up creating a heart pounding suspense. Lastly but not least, he adds surprising events to shock the reader and keep them up and going. Overall, these techniques help make the story more interesting and pull the reader in further into the story. One of the way he uses structured text to create mystery in the story is when, “Timber notice his light was still on, he went up the stairs carefully in the dark”. This clearly shows that something happened to his friend because his light was on at an unusual time. Another example would be when Timber was walking towards his room, and he saw “Harry lying in bed but didn’t turn his head to greet him” Later, Harry started to spoke slowly “Stop. Wait a moment, Timber”. “He could hardly hear him because he seemed to be straining to get the words out” The author did a great job in creating mystery because now he leaves the reader confuse as to why Harry was straining to get his words out. In addition, “A krait managed to get on top of Harry but he hasn’t been bitten yet”. The author wrote this line to keep the reader wondering why the krait hasn’t bitten him yet which leads to more mystery. All of these examples had an impact on the reader by confusing them and making the story less predictable. Not only does he uses structured text to create mystery, but also manipulates time to create tension. In the story, Harry was speaking slowly and whispering, “Timber, Timber, Come here”. This shows us that the story was starting out slowly. When Timber realized there was a krait on Harry, he said, “We got to be quick. Come on now, quickly, tell where it bit you”. The author did a great job in using the word “quickly” to tell us that the story was speeding up which is a great example of time manipulation. Another example would be when, “Harry was lying there very still and tense as though he was holding in the pain”. This clearly shows us that he was in a very dangerous situation and that the pain was too much for him. After receiving the serum intravenously, Overtime the serum became less effective to protect harry. The author did an excellent job in telling us that the serum was a great way to protect Harry but it becomes less effective overtime which is also a great example of time manipulation. These events had an impact on the reader by starting the story slowly at first but then speeding up creating a heart pounding suspense and get the reader to think what could possibly be the outcome of the story. Finally, the last way he uses structured text to create surprise in the story is when, “Timber wonder why Harry hasn’t been bitten yet”. A great example would be when Timber and Dr.…
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…
Analysing a short story
Is it a carefully plotted narrative, or does it work simply by suggestion?
Is it about everyday, apparently trivial events, or is it a mystery/science fiction/supernatural story?
Does it take a serious look at life, or is its purpose primarily to entertain?
Are the plot actions authentic/convincing/believable?
How are they revealed to us?
How far are they developed?
What are they like?
What is their role in the story?
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…
every day in the world, but the amount of people each death impacts is enormous. Therefore, authors have to cade to their audience and write about death. There are a few reasons why a large percentage of authors include death in their stories. Most of these stories were written before the 1970’s. There were many wars with hundreds of thousands, if not millions of casualties before this time period. The authors were most likely affected by the sudden deaths of people they knew that had to go to war…
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…
The short story “Cathedral”, written by Raymond Carver, is a beautiful story that describes the narrator’s journey to experiencing a true relationship in a life filled with empty ones. His journey leads him to view life through a different lens and realize all that he was missing. Carver uses ugly realism to show how the narrator does not know how to have healthy, loving relationships. The narrator is an ignorant, heartless man who does not even understand himself. Ironically enough, the one…
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…
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…