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Short stories are a subgenre of fiction. They are shorter than a novel, and are usually specific to one plot and with a limited number of characters. Other names for a short story include microfiction, drabbles, and novellas.
What is a summary of The Man Who Knew Too Much by Alexander Baron?
The story is about a man named private Quelch who likes to show off his knowledge. Narrator and his friends also gave him nickname 'professor' due to his lanky body and bespectacled looks. Although private Quelch meant to acquire a stripe and to get commission. He works hard for his ambition but due to his habit of interrupting senior officers and showing off his knowledge he was nominated for permanent cookhouse duties by Corporal Turnbull. Corporal Turnbull was a young and smart...
Asked in Literary Terminology, Short Stories
What is the theme of the Great Carbuncle story?
The theme of the Great Carbuncle is that earthly possessions are not essential in life. Earthly possessions are not necessary for success and we should be satisfied with what we have. Earthly possessions will not gain you salvation either. You must put your trust in God and that His Son saved you from your sin and that the Holy Spirit will work in your heart so that you will be worthy of salvation. Matthew 6: 19-2119 "Do not store up for yourselves...
Asked in Short Stories
What is the point of short story curio shop?
The point of this short story by William Kotzwinkle is that we have made negative changes/effects on the Earth which are irreversible. The Collector talks about the corrosion on the sphere, the rust, etc. and says that "once the corrosion began, it couldn't be reversed." This short story refers to us damaging the environment, and our futile attempts to save it. ...
Asked in Fables and Folklore, Short Stories
What point of view is the author from the tortoise and the hare using to tell the story?
If there is a narrator who isn't a character in the book, it is told in third person. ...
What are literary elements for short stories?
This is copied from a teaching syllabus -- I can't remember the author because I copied it down quite awhile ago! Characters and how we get to know them: 1. Through the author's physical description of them 2. Their actions 3. Their words 4. Their inner thoughts 5. Through what other characters say and think about them Plot - A pattern of events that develops from the interactions between characters. A plot is a pattern of events in a cause and effect relationship. 1. Cause - Things that make...
Asked in History of the Philippines, Short Stories
Copy of the story si Pinkaw?
Si Pinkaw (Maikling kwentong Hiligaynon) Isabelo S. Sobrevega Naalimpungatan ako sa pag-idlip nang hapong iyon dahil sa napakaingay na sigawan at tawanan ng mga bata sa lansangan. Napilitan akong bumangon, nagpahid ng pawis at dumungaw sa bintana. Si pinkaw pala na sinusundan ng mga bata. May karga-kargang kung ano at pasayaw-sayaw na naglalakad. Gula-gulanit ang kanyang damit na ilang ulit nang tinagpian, at ang isang paa'y may medyas na marahil ay asul o berde. Hindi ko matiyak dahil malayu-layo na rin ang kanyang kinaroroonan. Sa...
Asked in Short Stories
When did the short story as a genre begin?
Most say that this genre began in the time of Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorn in the earlier 1800's. Most of the first short stories were made to be published in magazines in pieces that were released monthly so that people would have by the next edition in order to continue their read. ...
Asked in Short Stories, Edgar Allan Poe
In The Fall of the House of Usher What does the narrator do at the end of the story?
He rides away - would be into the sunset but as this is one of Poe's stories there is only gloom and overcast. ...
Asked in Sherlock Holmes, Mystery Books, Short Stories
How does Sherlock Holmes treat Dr Watson?
Holmes treats Watson like he would treat any other person. Although Watson isn't the brightest bulb in the bunch, Holmes treats him very well. For instance, in the beginning of the book Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles Watson proposes evidence/clues about a "walking stick" that they found in Holmes den. Watson's clues are way off. Holmes (who already knew who's walking stick it was, and who also knew that every one of the clues that Watson proposed was indeed...
Asked in Short Stories, Fiction Writing
How does the interplay of the elements of a short story create a meaningful whole?
The most effective way to answer this question is to consider the composition of short stories. Short stories tend to be told in a narrative format, dealing with only a few characters. The relationship between these characters and these characters' emotions tend to be the focus of a short story, as opposed to longer pieces, which tend to be more focused on plot. It is the interplay between the characters, the mood, and the purpose of the story that create a meaningful...
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Why did they take Harrison bergeron away?
They take Harrison Bergeron in the story by Mr. Vonnegut because he wasn't equal to everyone else-he was too strong, too handsome, too everything, and he didn't want people to have to degrade their talents to be equal to someone else. So when he escapes and goes to the news studio to show everyone how liberating it is to be free, he gets shot and killed. His mother, Hazel, watches him get killed on TV, but she can't even remember her...