The basic elements of a story are setting, characters, plot, conflict and theme. Recognizing what each of these elements adds to the story helps the reader understand the structure and meaning of a short story. Understanding how these elements work together also gives the reader an appreciation for the purpose of the short story. Through the reading of selected short stories and the use of literary tools and analysis of each work, you will acquire the skills needed to understand and interpret works of fiction.
You will also learn how to evaluate a character’s growth or lack of it in a story. You will learn the importance of settings and how it affects the story, as well as how to detect foreshadowing that will prepare you for what happens to the characters and why they behave the way they do. These tools will make future reading of short stories and longer literary works more interesting, exciting and pleasurable. This class will feature BRAND NEW STORIES to read and discuss and therefore new and returning students are welcome.
A copy of the first story will be available at the front desk before the first class.
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