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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
particular day, I took a different way home than usual, simply because I could. This route, although still 5 minutes in length, had captivating scenery with corn stalks that whisper words of advice and mountains that wink when you pass them by. During my short drive, I noticed that in front of me was a friend from school, Caroline. She was a senior too, and I recognized her from my AP Calculus class. We talked once in awhile, about math or about the football team, (I’m the starting fullback,) but never really…