Three 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 reading, but I had a few favorites. Three exceptional and extremely meaningful short stories I read this unit are the “Bishop’s Silver,” the “Scarlet Ibis,” and “Two Kinds.” First, the “Bishop’s Silver” is clearly a superb short story. It is written by Victor Hugo. In this short story, a bishop allows Jean Valijean to stay in his house. Jean Valijean is known as a thief around town and everyone treats him cruel. The bishop welcomes Jean in with a warm heart when Jean arrives at his doorstep one night. While eating dinner with the bishop that night, Jean notices expensive and valuable silver plates in the kitchen. Jean became intrigued by these silver plates while in bed, and woke up in hopes of stealing them. He succeeds and escapes, but the police end up bringing Jean back the next day. The police question the bishop about Jean and to Jean’s surprise the bishop says that he gave the silver plates to Jean as a gift. The police leave and the bishop explains to Jean that he can keep the silver plates in return for being an honest man. This story has taught me to give others a second chance, two wrongs don’t make a right, and to help others. The bishop does this to Jean in this story by recognizing that Jean has indeed made mistakes in his life, but that doesn’t make him a horrible person. I will use these important lessons displayed by the bishop towards Jean for my own experiences and battles. Next, the Scarlet Ibis is a short story that will stick with me forever. It is about a mentally and physically disabled boy named Doodle and his brother. The brother watches out for Doodle and is Doodle’s role model. He is ashamed and embarrassed of Doodle’s shortcomings and one is that he can’t walk. Brother successfully teaches Doodle to walk, but only for his own satisfaction. He only taught Doodle to walk for his own wellbeing. Brother also attempts to teach Doodle how to run, but Doodle ends up dying of a heart attack! During this time, a scarlet ibis falls from a tree. The ibis is weak and resembles Doodle. The brother laments and realizes his own selfishness. Consequences of pride is one lesson I took away from this story. It
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…
Even though some of the stories were pretty long and boring, I still enjoyed them because most of them were pretty interesting and they weren’t long and exhausting like other short stories I’ve read. They were also very easy to understand. Even though some of the stories were a little longer and not as interesting they were still pretty enjoyable.
My favorite short story from this unit was Roald Dahl’s “Lamb of the Slaughter.” This short story was very interesting and it was fun to…
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…
I am woken suddenly by a loud ringing coming from my phone.
“Hello?” I manage, rubbing my sleepy eyes.
“Dr. Joseph Quinn?” says a questioning voice from the other end of the line.
“Yes, can I ask who is calling?” I reply.
“Sorry, it’s Emma Kelly here, calling from Brisbane Hospital. Patient B267 from yesterday has developed a blood clot in his chest, and it looks like you’re going to have to operate again. Urgently too.” she says frantically.
“It’s okay; just keep calm. I have no…
Stars in the sky so bright, and beautiful how far you are shining blue star with clouds,water,and land. I hope we reach you in time to save our own planet full of love ones and everyone else. What mysterious secrets you have waiting for us great blue shining star. Light years away getting ready to head out to reach the great unknown planet that will take me and my crew a week to get there and build our space jump bridge to transport humans. Scientist took years to find this mysterious…
with the campus along with the south. Over some time, I listened to my mother’s dreams for me and chose Indiana. I attended IU last fall and came home in December for Christmas break. I decided Ole Miss was where my heart belonged. After applying short notice and hearing back, I was headed down south for good. My parent’s favorite advice,…
Imaginative Text – Short Story
Unit: The Gold Watch
Hope on the Battlefield
By Sarah Ryland
As the evening skies embraced hints of aqua and cobalt, Mark strode through the raw deserted grounds and reminisced about what had once been. Not a day below 60, Mark was rather feeble in his stance, with a house full of memoirs as old as the scars upon his skin. Burying his old, nimble fingers into his trouser pockets, he breathed in the fresh, clean air and turned his head towards the wide stretch…
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
All I could hear was “Ashleeeeeeeeey” “Ashley, come on get ready for school”, it was my mom calling me. I wasn’t quite registering who was calling me at that very second until I heard my full name, “Ashley Maria Oakley”, that’s when I know my mom means business. My daily routine before getting ready for school is using the bathroom, my hygiene, my hair, eating breakfast and writing in my dairy. It is now 7:25 a.m schools…
I was walking to school, as usual, on a rainy Wednesday morning. All was normal, and all was fine. I got to school 4 minutes after the bell had rung, as usual, and rocked up to class late, as usual. When I did enter English, only Hailey was sitting there, which was weird. Usually Mikkayla would be there too. “Hailey, where’s Mikkayla?” I asked.
“I’m not sure; I think she said she had horse riding today.” Hailey replied casually. That seemed perfectly normal. She’s taken days of…