PP_Narrative_Lecture_4 - RDG 091 Critical Reading...

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Unformatted text preview: RDG 091 Critical Reading Narratives Analysis of a Short Story Reading literature is an excellent way to Reading learn about people and how they live their lives. Short stories are narratives. In a narrative the author relates events, In which happen to characters in chronological order. Analysis of a Short Story First check all difficult vocabulary. Read the story twice or more. Read Be cautious when reading a story set in a Be different period of time or culture. different A reader’s understanding of a story should reader’s be more than an opinion. A reader often reacts emotionally and reader intellectually to the work. intellectually Elements of short stories Elements are the parts of the short story. We will examine the major elements of the We short story: short Setting Plot Character Theme I Setting Setting is the where and when. Where - the location of the story’s action. Where location Think about the country, the culture. Is Think the action set in a rural area, an urban area, in a public place, in a home? area, When - the time of the story’s action. When time Think about the century, the season, the Think time of day. II Plot Plot is the sequence of events. Plot explains why things happen in a Plot narrative. narrative. Little Red Riding Hood puts on her cloak. Little She walks through the forest and meets the big, bad wolf. After outsmarting the big, bad wolf, she arrives safely at Grandma’s. III Characters Characters participate in the events or actions of Characters the story. Characters may be main characters or supporting Characters characters. Conflicts are the struggles or disagreements Conflicts between characters. A conflict may also arise if the character meets challenges in the plot events. the Readers should always consider if a character Readers changes by the end of the work. changes III Characters Physical traits are usually not as important Physical as character traits. Feelings and emotions of the characters may be inferred by the thoughts, words, and actions of the character. Actions and opinions and point of view help the reader understand the motivation of characters’ actions. IV Theme The main idea, the moral lesson, is the The most important information learned from the story. The theme is the author’s point. the The theme is inferred by the reader. The The author provides hints and clues. Theme relies on emotions or feelings such as jealousy, love, depression, bravery, or other life challenges. other ...
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2012 for the course RDG 091 taught by Professor Chaloka during the Fall '09 term at Moraine Valley Community College.

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