9780787273767

Analyzing Short Stories

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  • ISBN13:

    9780787273767

  • ISBN10:

    0787273767

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-06-01
  • Publisher: Kendall Hunt Pub

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Table of Contents

The Central Idea
1(10)
What Is a Central Idea?
1(1)
The Central Idea and the Elements of Fiction
1(1)
Interpretation
2(1)
Sources for Central Ideas
3(2)
Psychological
3(1)
Sociological
3(1)
Philosophical
4(1)
Moral and Ethical
4(1)
Entertainment
4(1)
If the Central Idea Isn't a Moral, What Is It?
5(1)
Summary and Central Idea
5(1)
Samples
5(3)
The Central Idea in ``A & P''
6(1)
The Central Idea in ``I Want to Know Why?''
6(1)
The Central Idea in ``Like a Bad Dream''
6(1)
The Central Idea in ``A Worn Path''
7(1)
The Central Idea in ``Miss Brill''
7(1)
Common Interpretation Pitfalls
8(3)
Differing Interpretations
8(1)
Complex Ideas
8(1)
Ideas That Conflict with Your Own
9(1)
Meaning Beyond the Story
9(1)
Reading Exercise
9(2)
Character
11(8)
Character Types
11(1)
Round and Flat Characters
11(2)
Details
12(1)
Many Sides
12(1)
Complexity
12(1)
Major Characters, Minor Characters, and Stereotypes
13(1)
Major Characters
13(1)
Minor Characters
13(1)
Stereotypes
13(1)
Static and Dynamic Characters
14(1)
The Static Character
14(1)
The Dynamic Character
14(1)
Methods of Character Presentation and Exposition
14(3)
Character Presentation
15(1)
Character Exposition
15(1)
What the Narrator Says
15(1)
What the Character Does
15(1)
What the Character Says
16(1)
What the Character Thinks
17(1)
Reading Exercise
17(2)
Conflict
19(6)
Deviating from the Chronological Order
19(2)
The Major Elements of a Plot
21(1)
Conflict and Plot
21(1)
Conflicts: Internal and External
21(1)
Conflict and the Central Idea
22(1)
Conflict and Character
23(1)
Reading Exercise
24(1)
Point of View
25(6)
First Person Narration
25(2)
The First Person Narrator's Perspective
26(1)
Avoiding the Narrator-as-Author Confusion
26(1)
Omniscient Narration
27(1)
Complete vs. Limited Omniscience
27(1)
Dramatic Narration
28(1)
Consistency of Viewpoint
29(1)
Reading Exercise
29(2)
Setting
31(4)
Specific vs. General Settings
31(1)
The Setting and the Central Idea
32(1)
Reading Exercise
33(2)
Language
35(14)
Diction
35(2)
Denotation and Connotation
35(2)
Imagery
37(3)
Literal and Figurative Images
37(1)
Similes and Metaphors
38(1)
Imagery and Character
39(1)
Imagery and Setting
39(1)
Imagery and Tone
39(1)
Allusions
39(1)
Repetition
40(1)
Symbolism
40(2)
Universal Symbols
40(1)
Contextual Symbols
41(1)
Characters as Symbols
41(1)
Objects as Symbols
41(1)
Actions as Symbols
41(1)
Allegory: The Symbolic Story
41(1)
Irony
42(1)
Verbal Irony
42(1)
Dramatic Irony
42(1)
Situational Irony
43(1)
Dialogue
43(3)
Syntax
46(1)
The Periodic Sentence
46(1)
Reading Exercise
47(2)
Tone
49(10)
Discovering and Describing the Tone
49(5)
Similes and Metaphors
50(1)
Allusions
50(1)
Repetition
51(1)
Diction
51(1)
Symbolism
52(1)
Dialogue
53(1)
Syntax
53(1)
The Periodic Sentence
54(1)
Irony
54(1)
Defining the Tone
54(2)
Some Sample Passages
55(1)
Tone and the Elements of Fiction
56(2)
Character
57(1)
Conflict
57(1)
Point of View
57(1)
Setting
58(1)
Reading Exercise
58(1)
The Creative Writing Process
59(10)
John Steinbeck's Creation of ``The Chrysanthemums''
59(2)
The Revision Phase
61(8)
Character Revisions
62(1)
Conflict Revisions
62(1)
Point of View Revisions
63(1)
Setting Revisions
64(1)
Language Revisions
65(4)
Alternative Methods of Analysis
69(12)
Analysis through a Dominant Element
69(2)
Alice Munro's ``How I Met My Husband''
70(1)
Dana Ross
Analysis through Evaluation
71(4)
Establishing Criteria for Evaluating Short Stories
72(1)
Charlotte Perkins Gillman's ``The Yellow Wallpaper''
73(2)
Sara Graham-Costain
Analysis through Comparison/Contrast
75(5)
A Comparative Analysis of Katherine Mansfield's ``Miss Brill'' and James Thurber's ``The Secret Life of Walter Mitty''
76(2)
A Comparative Analysis of Roald Dahl's ``The Way Up to Heaven And James Thurber's ``The Catbird Seat
78(2)
Lee Anne Aspra
Reading for Comparison/Contrast
80(1)
Sample Essays
81(12)
A Standard Approach to Analysis
81(6)
An Analysis of Guy de Maupassant's ``The Necklace''
81(2)
Karen Gray
An Analysis of James Thurber's ``The Secret Life of Walter Mitty''
83(2)
Roy Burgess
An Analysis of John Steinbeck's ``The Chrysanthemums''
85(2)
R.C. Dumas
Analysis through a Dominant Element
87(2)
An Analysis of Character in Guy de Maupassant's ``The Necklace''
87(2)
Rachel Back
Analysis with an Evaluation
89(2)
An Evaluative Analysis of D.H. Lawrence's ``The Rocking Horse Winner''
89(2)
Gail Davis
Analysis through Comparison and Contrast
91(2)
A Comparative Analysis of Irwin Shaw's ``The Girls in Their Summer Dresses'' and Ernest Hemingway's ``Hills Like White Elephants''
91(2)
Selected Stories for Analysis 93(1)
``A & P''
94(7)
John Updike
``Arrangement in Black and White''
101(5)
Dorothy Parker
``The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky''
106(13)
Stephen Crane
``Carlyle Tries Polygamy''
119(7)
William Melvin Kelley
``The Cask of Amontillado''
126(8)
Edgar Allan Poe
``The Chrysanthemums''
134(12)
Jon Steinbeck
``Desiree's Baby''
146(7)
Kate Chopin
``The Possibility of Evil''
153(11)
Shirley Jackson
``I'm a Fool''
164(12)
Sherwood Anderson
``The Most Dangerous Game''
176(22)
Richard Connell
``The Girls in Their Summer Dresses''
198(6)
Irwin Shaw
``Hey, Joe''
204(7)
Ben Neihart
``Inflexible Logic''
211(8)
Russell Maloney
``The Secret Life of Walter Mitty''
219(6)
James Thurber
``Offloading for Mrs. Schwartz''
225(10)
George Saunders
``Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot''
235(8)
Robert Olen Butler
``Paul's Case''
243(21)
Willa Cather
``Riding the Rap''
264(13)
Elmore Leonard
``Son in the Afternoon''
273(8)
John A. Williams
``The Star''
281(8)
Arthur C. Clarke
``Ten Miles West of Venus''
289
Judy Troy

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