In a small town called Matersville, population 2,700, people know each other by first name and on most days you can hear a pin drop on the only main road. I’ve lived here all of my life and nothing exciting has ever happened really. The climax of my exhilarating day is driving home from school and having the Minnesota breeze flowing through my hair. The only thing that keeps me alive here is my music. Music makes me a much more mature person. Music feeds my soul, pushes me to places I never imagined I could go, and always keeps my mind filled with dreams and aspirations. But, I never dreamed just how important music would be to me and the people of my tight-knit community. It all started on a normal November’s day, the leaves were falling, the wind was blowing, and everyone was attending to their daily routine. As usual the town’s high school let out at about 2:00 and all the students were eager or probably more desperate to leave their Alcatraz for the weekend. I, being one of the 75 seniors graduating in the summer, was as happy as a kid in a candy shop, and was also one of the first to be as far away from Satan’s dwelling as I could, because I got to drive myself home from school. Our school is good in that way, we have the freedom and responsibility that comes with being able to transport ourselves back and forth every day. On this 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 much more than that. While I was thinking about all of these different things, it happened. Her car started to spin around as fast as a racecar would on the track; it was as if it were a scene out of Fast and Furious. At that exact moment for the first time in my life, I was completely powerless while watching Caroline’s car spin out of control. I selflessly leaped out of my car and ran over to where Caroline’s car landed, and relentlessly pried her door open until I could pull her from the wrangled car; but it was too late. The paramedics pronounced her dead upon their arrival and went onto to say that it appeared that she was texting while driving. In the days following, the morale in Matersville was extremely low; people had no idea what to do with themselves, including me. All I could do was replay that normal ride home in my head and think to myself, “You could’ve done something, anything, to stop her from crashing.” I was practically in a vegetative state for days; shutting out the world in the hopes that I could avoid the reality that Caroline really was gone. My heart was broken remembering her optimistic attitude about everything and her bubbly personality that always made my day a little bit better. They always say that good, gracious people get great gifts and grandeur in return, but why didn’t that happen for Caroline? What could she have possibly done in her 17 years on this planet that deserved for her life to be snatched away from her so early and suddenly, in such a horrific way? I asked questions like these to my mom in the days following Caroline’s unexpected death, and the conversation would always be the same. I would say, “Mom, why? Why her and why now?” and my mom would say, “Why are you asking me these questions that I obviously don’t have the answers to? She’s gone because God decided it was her time to go and that’s all I can say about it.” All my mom’s discussions did was make me even more confused about Caroline’s death and got my mind thinking more and more about how unfair it was. A few more days past and nothing seemed to get better in town; it was…
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…
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…
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…