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Short Story Analysis - Chapter Summary
If you need to sharpen your short story analysis skills, look no further than this collection of engaging video lessons. Our expert literature instructors break down the steps that are needed in order to analyze literary passages effectively. You can also expect to take a look at common literary elements and devices that are used in short stories. To help you reinforce your understanding of these topics, we've included short lesson quizzes and a chapter exam. You can access these resources any time using your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. By the end of the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Identify the elements of short stories
- Explain story arcs and story maps
- Evaluate a story's main idea and setting
- Analyze dialogue and literary passages
- Recognize examples of rhetorical devices
- Compare types of symbolism in literature
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. What is a Story Arc? - Definition & Examples
Learning how to map a story is an important part of studying literature. An excellent tool to teach this skill is the story arc. This lesson explores what story arcs are, how they work, and examples.
3. Literary Devices: Definition & Examples
This lesson studies some of the more common literary devices found in literature. Devices studied include allusion, diction, epigraph, euphemism, foreshadowing, imagery, metaphor/simile, personification, point-of-view and structure.
4. Style in Fiction: Dialect & Figures of Speech
In this lesson, we will explore style in fiction. We will define style and explore some of the elements writers use to create their own personal styles.
5. Interpreting Tone in Fiction
This lesson will explore tone in fiction. We will define tone, talk about various types of tone, discuss how authors communicate tone, and practice identifying the tone of some writing samples.
6. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction
In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.
7. Analyzing Theme Development in a Text: Characters, Setting & Plot
Once you can identify the plot, setting, characters, and theme of a story, there's still more to consider. In this lesson, you'll get a sense of how all four of those terms function together to have an effect on the reader.
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Other chapters within the English 310: Short Stories course
- Introduction to English 310: Short Stories
- Historical Precursors to the Short Story
- 19th-Century Romantic Short Stories
- 19th-Century Russian Realism in Short Stories
- 19th-Century British Short Stories
- 19th & Early 20th-Century American Naturalist Short Stories
- Early 20th-Century Feminist Short Stories
- Post-WWI Short Stories
- Literary Modernist Short Stories
- Short Stories in Multicultural Literature
- Short Stories in Postcolonial Literature
- Required Assignments for English 310
- Studying for English 310