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Short Fiction - Chapter Summary
This chapter serves as an effective tool for learning about or refreshing your existing knowledge of short fiction. In this chapter are engaging lessons you can access anytime to examine types of fiction, short story elements, the American short story and more. Review the lessons in any order and revisit them as often as needed to explore these concepts at your own pace. Assess your comprehension by taking multiple-choice quizzes and a chapter exam, and expand your knowledge by sending your lesson topic questions to our experts. When finished, you will be able to:
- Discuss novels, novellas and other types of fiction
- List and describe the elements of a short story
- Understand techniques used to analyze the American short story
- Grasp the process of analyzing the British short story
1. Elements of a Short Story
When you read a short story, have you ever stopped to think about its main elements? This lesson discusses the five main elements of a short story, including characters, setting, plot, conflict, and theme.
2. Analyzing the American Short Story: Techniques and Examples
Identifying the tone, setting, and mood in a short story can help you analyze that story. In this lesson, we'll think about those literary features in the context of a few well-known American short stories.
3. Analyzing the British Short Story: Techniques & Examples
How do short story writers set their stories up to get a reader's reaction? Watch this lesson to find out about the techniques that are common in British short stories, including tone, dialogue, and setting.
4. Types of Fiction: Novels, Novellas & Short Stories
Learn how fiction is organized by length into three categories: novels, novellas and short stories. Explore the general characteristics of each type, and learn about some famous examples.
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