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Short Story Analysis

Use complete sentences to answer the questions.

1. Story Title____________________________________________________________.
2. Author ______________________________________________________________.
B. CHARACTERIZATION: The method a writer uses to communicate information about characters to readers.
3. Who is the PROTAGONIST? List three character traits of the character.
4. Who is the ANTAGONIST? List three character traits of the character.
C. SETTING: The environment (time & place) in which the story takes place
5. What is the SETTING of the story? Why is it important?
D. POINT OF VIEW: The perspective from which a story is told: First person, third person, third person omniscient, or third person limited
6. From which POINT OF VIEW (see above) is the story told?
E. CONFLICT: The central source of tension and drama in the story, the problem: Man vs. Man, Man vs. Self, Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Fate, Man vs. Technology, Man vs. Society
7. What is the major CONFLICT in the story? In addition to specifying the TYPE of conflict (see above), Be sure to be SPECIFIC in explaining the conflict.
F. RESOLUTION: The conclusion of the story. The resolution includes the story’s action after the climax until the end of the story.
8. How is the CONFLICT above RESOLVED in the story? (It is important that your resolution match your conflict!)
G. THEME: The “universal truth” that the author is trying to communicate

9. What is the THEME of the story? Please use THEMATIC STATEMENTS.

H. FORESHADOWING: A technique that gives readers clues about events that will happen later in the story.
10. Is there FORESHADOWING in the story? Please cite specific examples from the text and explain what is being foreshadowed
I. FLASHBACK: A technique that takes readers back in the past in the life of a character.
11, Is there FLASHBACK in the story? Please cite specific examples from the text.
J. SIMILE: A comparison of two unlike things using the words “like” or “as”.
12. Are there SIMILES in the story? Quote an example directly:
K. METAPHOR: A comparison of two unlike things that does NOT use “like” or “as”.
13. Are there METAPHORS in the story? Quote an example directly:
L. PERSONIFICATION: Writing that gives inanimate objects or abstract ideas human qualities.
14. Is there PERSONIFICATION in the story? Quote an example directly.
M.. HYPERBOLE: Deliberate and obvious exaggeration used for effect,
15. Is HYPERBOLE used in the story? Quote an example directly and explain the point the writer is trying to make.

N. SYMBOL: An image, object, character, or action that represents an idea (or ideas) beyond its literal meaning.
16. Is there SYMBOLISM in the story? Explain the literal symbol and what it represents.
O. TONE: The attitude or view of the writer of the story
17. What is the TONE of the story?
P. MOOD: The attitude or view that is created in the reader.
18. What is the MOOD of the story?

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