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Short stories and terminology

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Short stories and terminology ENGL 2025

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These are some notes from the short story unit for Sandra Granger ENGL 2025. Covers terminology, notes on two of Poe's short stories, and notes about short stories in general.
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This 6 page Class Notes was uploaded by Summer Betz on Monday September 5, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ENGL 2025 at Louisiana State University taught by S. Granger in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see Fiction in ENGLISH (ENG) at Louisiana State University.


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Date Created: 09/05/16
FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE / LITERARY TERMINOLOGY Plot – story line. Beads on a string. Structure: Intro, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Denoument (untying of a knot) Setting – time (season, time of day) Place, period Character - Point of View – first person narrator, omniscient narrator, self-effacing narrator (there but pulls away) Narrator Omniscient Narrator – all knowing Self-Effacing Narrator – there but not fully present Stream-of-Consciousness Writing – in the brain of the protagonist (Faulkner: Barn Burning) Protagonist – The main character. Person the story revolves around Antagonist – basically the person who goes against the protagonist Static / Dynamic Character – static doesn’t change throughout the narrative. Dynamic goes through a change Conflict – Plot built out of conflict i.e man vs man, man vs himself (hamlet), man vs nature (To Build a Fire), man vs society (The Hunger Games) Theme – the main idea; message. Not the subject. The through line of the narrative Tone – attitude of the author Analogy – Form of comparison (familiar to describe unfamiliar) “My high school was like a prison” Metaphor – “The road was a ribbon of moonlight; something is something else Simile – “My love is like a red, red rose” comparison using like or as Symbolism – Colors, names, seasons. Gives something deeper meaning Pathetic Fallacy – occurs when the events of the plot are reflected in nature. King Lear’s madness and the storm. Macbeth kills his friend and the animals go crazy. Verisimilitude – semblance of truth. Looks like reality Universality – the story is a story that has a universal them (Romeo and Juliet) 4 Levels of Literary Analysis 1. Literal Level 2. Allegoric Level – symbolic level 3. Didactic Level – level at which you learn a lesson (Jesus’ parables) 4. Anagogic level – Spiritual level (God level) Weltanschauung – worldview; fully developed philosophical concept 4 Parts 1. Mans view of himself a. Animal b. Sinner c. God d. Reactor e. Brother’s Keeper 2. Man’s view of his fellow man a. Singly i. To his fellow man ii. How does he see his fellow man b. Collectively i. Conceive and deal with society 3. Man’s view of the God/God concept a. Is God in nature (pantheism) b. Is God an abstract concept (transcendentalism) c. Do multiple gods exist (polytheism) d. Does only one God exist (monotheism) e. Is god dead f. Did god go away g. Is he a grandfather figure h. Is god a female 4. Man’s view of the cosmos a. Elizabethan Weltanschauung i. Great chain of being harmony of the spheres 1. God 2. Nine levels of angels 3. Man a. King b. Nobility c. Free men d. Peasants 4. Animals 5. Aquatic life 6. Minerals ii. Elizabethan’s fear chaos which is why everything is so ordered. THE SHORT STORY  Stories in one form or another have existed throughout history I. Stories throughout history a. Cavemen i. Cavemen told stories around the campfires about the hunt of the day b. Sons of Cheops i. The sons of the Pharaoh Cheops (aka Khufu) entertained their father with narratives c. Old Testament d. New Testament e. Greek and Roman Mythology f. Middle Ages: Fables and Epics i. Aesop (Aesop’s Fables) ii. GESTA ROMANORUM 1. Collected tales in England around 1250 about the deeds of the Romans 2. Used as sources for plays and stories (Shakespeare, Chaucer) iii. Boccacio’s THE DECAMERON 1. Collection of 100 stories some bawdy and risqué iv. Chaucer’s THE CANTERBURY TALES g. Fifteenth Century: Malory’s LE MORTE D’ARTHUR i. Series of narratives about the adventures and exploits of the knights of the round table ii. The Mists of Avalon retelling of the arturian legends retold from a female perspective h. Sixteenth Century: Picaresque novel i. Don Quixote ii. Primogenitor of the novels we’re familiar with today i. Eighteenth Century novel j. Romantic Nineteenth Century writers i. Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe ii. Washington Irving – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow iii. Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter) iv. Herman Melville (Moby Dick) v. Edgar Allan Poe!! II. Definition III. a. A short story is a relatively brief (500 to 15,000 words) fictional narrative in prose i. (from A HANDBOOK TO LITERATURE). IV. grows out of oral tradition a. more than just a record of an incident i. has a beginning a middle and an end ii. has at least the rudiments of a plot iii. it has a conscious structure th b. Short stories grow during the 19 c. Romanticism yielded to realism i. Mark Twain hated romanticism d. Realism reacts against romanticism i. Subject matter is the middle class ii. Mark Twain is a realist e. Naturalism i. Outgrowth of realism ii. Bases itself on scientific determinism iii. Subject matter is the lower classes f. Modern Period i. Experimental (language, style, technique) g. James Joyce – famous Irish novelist i. Called the short story and epiphany Edgar Allen Poe I. The Masque of the Red Death a. Masque – masquerade ball; elaborate b. Masquers were often aristocratic actors c. Prince Prospero - protagonist i. Shakespearean Allusion to Prospero in The Tempest ii. Prospero is 1. A wizard 2. Creator of his own microcosm (little world) 3. A control freak d. Intro i. Paragraph 1 – definition and description of the Red Death 1. Daunting and serious ii. Paragraph 2 – Prince’s withdrawal with courtiers 1. Sounds pleasant and cheery iii. Paragraph 3 – Announcement of ball e. Rising Action i. Paragraphs 4-5 – Setting 1. 4 – description of the rooms 2. 5 – description of the clock ii. Paragraphs 6-7 –Prince’s weird taste 1. 6 general statement of his peculiar taste 2. 7 more particular statement of his peculiarity f. Climax i. Paragraph 8 – Midnight and Appearance of Masked Figure ii. Paragraph 9 – Reaction to and description of Stranger iii. Paragraphs 10-11 – Prince’s Reaction g. Falling Action i. Paragraph 12: Setting 1. Blue 2. Purple 3. Green 4. Orange 5. Violet 6. Black and Red ii. Paragraph 13: 1. The chase h. Conclusion i. Paragraph 14 i. Theme? i. Man pursues death throughout his life (colors of rooms) j. More Shakespeare: AS YOU LIKE IT i. 7 stages of man 1. mewling, puking babe 2. schoolboy 3. lover 4. soldier 5. judge 6. piping schoolboy 7. Dotard (sans teeth, sans hair, sans everything)


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