vocabulary for short stories Flashcards

Terms Definitions
Melancholy
sad
ailment
illness
Obscurely
Dark
retribution
deserved punishment
Lies
Kurt vonnegut
revoke
cancel; withdraw
incredulous
disbelieving, skeptical
blighted
damaged or spoiled
contiguous
touching; in contact
Irene Westscott
Enormous Radio
Piri Thomas
Amigo Brothers
Battle Royal
Ralph Ellison
Two kinds
Amy Tan
slackening
easing; becoming less active
fervent
hot; showing intense feeling
encrusted
adj. covered with crusts
Who wrote Cathedral?
Raymond Carver
W. W. Jacobs
monkey's paw
pending
awaiting conclusion or confirmation
careen
v. to rush carelessly
sagacity
high intelligence and sound; judgement
intricate
(adj) complicated; difficult to understand; full of detail
inexplicable
difficult or impossible to explain
protagonist
main character in the story
Tangible
(adj) Capable of being touched.
conflict
class of action/ideas/desires
man vs man
man vs society
man vs nature/environment
nam vs self (mental)
Malignant
deadly, extremely harmful, evil; spiteful, malicious
discovering theme
is title significant (symbols, allusions)?
does the main character undergo a change or learn something?
how is the conflict resolved (pos or neg)?
are there any direct statements made about life/people in general (human nature, human condition)?
TBTRASM Main characters
Narrator and Shelia Mant
sullen
showing irritation or unhappiness by gloomy silence; moody
Plot
Sequence of events in a story
iridescent
adj. shining with shifting rainbow colors
ardent
adj. having, expressive of, or characterized by intense feeling; passionate; fervent; ntensely devoted, eager, or enthusiastic; zealous; vehement; fierce
narrative
a story or account of events
disarming
adj. removing or overcoming suspicion; inspiring confidence
weariness
physically or mentally exhausted by hard work, exertion, strain, etc.; fatigued; tired:
circumvent
To find a way around (an obstacle).
setting
the time and events of the story
amenable
adj - open and responsive to suggestion, easily persuaded or controlled
Annie John
• Physical: 17 years old
• Character: facade, trying to define herself, doesn't believe in marriage, wants freedom and independence> scarred, trying to be critical of everything> make it easier, @Jetty childhood fears return
Shirley Jackson
Who wrote "The Posibility of Evil"
Exoposition
roof top near O'Connell bridge dublin Ireland 1920
antagonist
The character or force that opposes the protagonist.
Hippodrome
a sports arena used for horse shows
denouement
when problems are resolved and/or the story ends
Flashback
looks back at events which have already occurred.
irony
a contrast between what appears to be and what is
falling action
The events after the climax which close the story.
Allusion
An indirect reference to some piece of knowledge not actually mentioned
3rd Person Omnicient
The narrator can reveal the thoughts/feelings of more than one character
Anguish
(n) severe mental or physical pain or suffering
Derisive
(adj.) using ridicule or scorn to show contempt
What is the theme of the Censors?
censoring, addiction
METAPHOR
a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things without the use of such specific words of comparison as like, as, than, or resembles.
parapet
a defensive wall or elevation, as of earth or stone, in a fortification.
UPM Climax
When Doug arrives and knocks on Ralphs house
New York City
Where does After 20 Years take place?
"Barn Burning"- summary
Sarty's real name is Colonel Sartoris Snopes. His father's name is Abner Snopes. When his father gets mad, he burns down the person's barn he was mad at and flees the town. They move to Mr. DeSpain's house. Abner destroys the white rug in Mr. DeSpain's house. Abner becomes angered at Mr. DeSpain and tries to burn down the barn. Sarty tells Mr. DeSpain before Abner has the chance to do so. Sarty runs away and he here's shots ring out toward his dad.
rising action
A series of events that builds from the conflict. It begins with the inciting force and ends with the climax.
define plot
The pattern of events or main story in a narrative or drama
Iceberg Principle
When we only get part of the story, the rest is left up to the reader's imagination.
cutting fishing line
boy Gave Up something that was his (fish) for a risky option (shiela mant)
what is a character
the individulas or animals who appear in the story, created for a purpose by the author, and must be so belieable so as to exist as real to the reader
omniscient point of view
told from third person he, she, they, them. narrator knows everything from thoughts to emotions
Throught the tunnel tt
Theme: to grow up you must push past comfortable boundries
Tone: determined
"The No-Guitar Blues" by Gary Soto
Fausto dreams of becoming a rock star. He concocts a story about finding a pet near the freeway and accepts a twenty-dollar bill from the owners. He then must deal with his guilt over his deception.
The princess and the tin box tt
Theme:it is easy to fall for money as it is to fall in love
Tone: humorous
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