Short Stories Vocab Flashcards

Terms Definitions
tangible
real
transfix
freeze
ramification
consequences
impertinence
insolence; rudeness
revel
to party
mobilize
organize, assemble
Pauper
A poor person
ornate
heavily decorated; showy
Combination of opposites
oxymoron
Archetype
"Primordial Images" repeated throughout human history.
those winter sundays
robert hayden
Flat character
Only 1 dimensional
Stamina
Physical or moral strength; endurance
sheepishly
shyly, in an embarrassed way
attribute
think of as resulting from
sedately
characterized by dignity and propriety
James Hurst
Author of "The Scarlet Ibis"
The Cask of Amontillado
Edgar Allan Poe
magisterial
important, authoritative; fit for a master
static character
same person through whole book
Penury
a cramping and oppressive lack of resources (as money); serve poverty
pervades
to become spread throughout all parts of
affable
easy in conversation; pleasant to talk to
roald dahl
dark humor, unpleasant expiriences at bording scule
Theme 
The central message or insight into life revealed through a work. Not the "moral of the story" but a generalization about life or people that is communicated by the story. 
pathos
a quality that evokes pity or sadness
vulnerable
capable or susceptible to physical or emotional attack
derided
to laugh at in scorn or contempt; scoff or jeer at; mock
flat characters
have only one or two character traits
point of view
perspective from which story is told
Compete
verb. to strive to outdo another for acknowledgment, a prize, supremacy or profit
traversed
to pass or move over, along, or through.
first person
a character in the story tells the story using I, we, me, us, or our
flashback
a scene that's out of order with the plot to show events that have happened in the past
thee Free State Shooter
Who is the antagonist in the Sniper?
Ursula K. Le Guin
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
What does Mary Maloney decide to cook for dinner?
A leg of lamb
YGB- What is the importance of the setting/atmosphere of the first 2 pages? who is the author?
dark, eerie..Salem- witch town. Going one a mission for a present evil purpose- Faith doesn't want him to go. it is sunset/night. They are both on the edge/nervous. Nathaniel Hawthrone.
darning
mending
Somnolent
drowsy
repast
meal
catacombs
underground tunnels
deterioration
worsening; declining
Perpetual
constant; unending
debacle
sudden overthrow
uncanny
exact, very similar
baroque
adj. ornate detail
Everyday Use
Alice Walker
tattoo
rapid rhythmic rapping
un cadeau
a gift
vigilance
n. alert attention; watchfulness
raymonds run
Toni Cade bambara
profound
intellectual depth and insight
Diatribe
a bitter and abusive criticism
narrator
The person telling the story
poised
ballenced or held in suspension
mood
emotional quality of literary work
Robbie
Robbie and Gloria. Gloria's relationship with Robbie.
Robbie- taken away from Gloria. Gloria was in depression. Went looking for him in New York and found him. 1998
Innocence- playing hide and seek. Didnt comprehend that Robbie was gone.
Introduce people to technology. Technology is harmful but you just have to accept it. Daughter comes first. Technology is good.
Jane Yolen
Author of Suzy and Leah
hospitality
friendly or generous treatment of guests
antagonist
Character or force that conflicts against the protagonist.
condone
to excuse or overlook an offense
faire un gâteau
to bake a cake
dynamic character
character who changes, grows or develops during the literary work
denouvement
The resolution of conflict after the climax.
Dilemma
When a character must choose between two unpleasant outcomes either way the character chooses, they will have negative consequences.
suspense
makes you uncertain about- but very interested in- what lies ahead
symbols
any object, person, place, or action that has both a meaning in itself and that stands for something larger than itself
gesticulation
n. the use of gestures, esp. dramatic ones, instead of speaking or to emphasize one's words
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
acrid
(adj) sharp and biting in taste or odor, bitter
usher
to make known the presence or arrival of; to introduce
"The Devil and Daniel Webster" Jabez Stone and Daniel Webster are both natives of
New Hampshire
scouring
the act of cleaning a surface by rubbing it
niche
n. a shallow recess, esp. one in a wall to display a statue or other ornament
exposition
the part of a work of fiction that introduces the main conflict
Mr. Summers
led the annual lottery in the short story "The Lottery"
Two Kinds
Jing Mei. Narrator
Mom wants her to be something successful. A genius. SF- 50s to 60s. Accept her as she is.
Innocence to Resolution. - Innocence- doesnt get why her mom is making her do these things. Does not understand how important it is to have a career to be successful in life. Resolution- understands why now. Repects mom and her feelings.
Relationships with parents. it is okay to be yourself. Depends on environment. mother and daughter harmony.
"The Cop and the Anthem" is set in
New York City
third person point of view
narrator outside the story sees the world through one character's eyes and reveals only that character's thoughts.
Characters, events, and places
What elements in a short story reflect the real world?
"The Masque of the Red Death" A possible theme of this story might be expressed as
There is no escape from fate
to point out an important idea in a story
Why do writers choose a title?
indolently
lazily
rennt
stampedes
succor
aid,help,relief.
facilitation
making easier
vexed
annoyed, bothered
enigmatic
mysterious; puzzling
Eleven
Sandra Cisneros
lacerated
cut deeply
multitude
a great number
the sniper: atmosphere
night
inscrutable
difficult to understand
wary
adj. cautious; watchful
serene
calm; peaceful; undisturbed
Savored
Tasted; relished; enjoyed
Barren
Incapable of sustaining life.
grotesque
having a fantastic design
Breton Lais
set in Brittany
internal conflict
man vs. himself
minute
infinitely or immeasurably small
amontillado
a type of wine
terrible
horrible; very unpleasant or frightening
wedding
a marriage ceremony or party
style
a characteristic arrangement of words
primeval
primitive; of the earliest times
Author of Two Kinds
Amy Tan
the snakeman
luci tapahonso 3rd person
Retribution
Vengeance, compensation, or punishment for offenses
oppressive
burdensome, unjustly harsh, or tyrannical:
ostracism
exclusion from general consent, from social acceptance, privileges, friendship, etc.
deride
to laugh at contemptuously; to ridicule
author of "a Christmas story'
truman capote
systematic
(adj) characterized by order and planning
O' Henry
The Gift of the Magi
termerity
heedless or foolhardly idea of danger
john kiets
poet; engaged to fanny braughn
Prayer to the Pacific
myth of origin
misanthropy
hatred, dislike, or distrust of humankind.
Repercussion
A rebounding or recoil of something after impact; echo
climax
Most exciting moment of the story; turning point.
elude
to escape, especially by means of daring, cleverness, or skilll
Avenge
V. to exact satisfaction for(a wrong) by punishing the wrongdoer
the most dangerous game
theme-violence and cruelty
main topic-want for death
resolution can be
sad, happy, expected or unexpected
Character development
Something that is either information or facts about all the characters in the story line.
EXTERNAL CONFLICT
conflicts can exist between two people, between a person and nature or a machine or between a person and a whole society.
exultation
the act of exulting; lively or triumphant joy, as over success or victory.
foreshadowing
a hint that something is going to happen
point of view in the lottey
3rd person limited
Foil Character
a minor character whose situation or actions parallel those of the major character
Golden Gloves
What is the tournament called? (Amigo Brothers)
lull
n. a temporary period of calm or quiet
1st person
"I" "Me", charactor in the story. (Memoir 1st person).
imperative
adj: not to be avoided or evaded; necessary
predominate
to be the stronger or leading element or force.
By what the character says
How character is developed 2.
Jerry
In the middle of taking the road to independence, trying to figure out which he is, scarred and determined
didactic
The term used to describe a piece of literature that attempts to serve a cause that is moral, political, social, and so on. A quiet war has been raging since the time of Plato over whether literature should presume to teach, or exist only as aesthetics. Some of the greatest literary works (Dante's Divine Comedy, Milton's Paradise Lost) have intended didacticism, but that is only a part of the total experience of those classics.
resolution
the end of the story, in which an insight or a change as a result of the conflict is shown
FALLING ACTION
The falling action is the series of events which take place after the climax of a story. The falling action of a drama leads to the conclusion.
setting
the time and place of the events in a story
eckels,travis,lesperance, billings,cramer
who are the characters in a sound of thunder ?
papal seat
the residence of the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, located in Rome, Italy.
3rd omniscient POV
when the author knows all and is free to tell us anything. including character's actions, feelings, thoughts
what is literary allusion
when the author refers to a character or even in a famous piece of literature
what kind of characters are the Mays and Greenleafs?
they are foil characters because they are opposites
bengin
kindly
erudite
well-educated
crass
crude, unrefined
invariably
without exception
Wing Biddlebaum
Hands
vitrue
moral excellence
craven
extremely cowardly
Appetizer
Robert H. Abel.
The Lottery
Shirley Jackson
Character
Information about characters
Characterization
Helps characters come alive
The necklace
guy de Maupassant
Eckels
A Sound of Thunder
sardonic
mocking, bitter, or scornful.
unobtrusive
not obtrusive; inconspicuous, unassertive, or reticent.
Fiscal
having to do with finances
Intricate
arranged in a complex way
contemporary
beginning at the same time
celestial
pertaining to a spiritual heaven
it was like nothing else...
...
Hamlin Garland
Under the Lion's Paw
precarious
adj: dependent on chance circumstances, unknown conditions, or uncertain developments
Omniscient
Having complete or unlimited knowledge awareness or understanding; perceiving all things
imagery
"mental pictures" that come through sensory perception
Jauntily
in a light and carefree way
Young Goodman Brown
"Young Goodman Brown"
protagonist; irony/symbollism in name: young-naive, inexperienced; goodman-good; brown-everyman
delusion
an act or instance of deluding
"The Most Dangerous Game"
Rainsford, General Zaroff
Plot
Exposition- People are gone Conflict- House catches on fire Climax- Solvent continues fire Resolution- House collapse except for one wall
paraphernalia
noun: personal belongings; articles of equipment
meditative
given to, characterized by, or indicative of meditation; contemplative.
unrivaled
having no rival or competitor; having no equal; supreme
the ransom of the red chief
o henry
wan
lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or unhappiness
retrospection
action, process or faculty of looking back on things past
Mike Groom
climbed a mountain with no toes
weight
If something is given a particular weight, it is given a particular value according to how important or significant it is.
Connoisseur
an expert, particularly in matters of art and taste
sad; gloomyThen she saw the train slide away out of sight around the next headland, with a ______ wail that sounded like Lob's last goodbye.
melancholy
envy
a wish for something that someone else has
naturalism
a movement in which it is suggested that environment, heredity, and chance, or forces they could neither understand nor control, determine people's fate
Nurse 1
Matter of fact (pragmatic), thinks of her as charity
theme
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
voluble
in or with a long flow of words
Bedlam
a place or situation of great noise and confusion
Personification
A figure of speech which gives the qualities of a person to an animal, an object, or an idea.
bedlam (noun)
a place or situation of great noise and confusion
All Summer In a Day
Main characters: Margot, William
Setting: Venus (Future)
Conflict: Sun comes out every 7 years; Margot miserable on Venus, wants to move back to Earth; not accepted
Irony/Foreshadowing: Margot locked in closet; miss the sun
Theme: Accept people for who they are
The Jilting of Granny Weatherall - catagory
Stream of Conscioussness
Jack Finney
1911 to 1995 Born in Milwaukee but lived in NY, wrote about traveling
Who is the protagonist of The Monkey's Paw?
Mr. White
what is conflict
an essential element of plot, a struggle between opposing forces - it provides interest and suspense in the story, and not necessarily a fight or open argument - it can be a subtle combat of wits, a friction of temperament, a clash of ideals or just a sti
Theme of "The Lottery"
the reluctance of people to reject outdated traditions, ideas, rules, laws, and practices.
capered
v. skip or dance about in a lively or playful way
what is common allusin
author refers to something we have common knowladge of
Plot of The Overspill
Father and son work together on a present for their mom, a bridge. They finish the bridge and start to tie a ribbon on it when the flood gate opens and destroys the bridge. The mom comes home to see it, and they all get enveloped in a tear.
In the City of Brotherly Love
the story of the Protestants of Philadelphia and their attack on the Irish Catholics. The protestants have their own churches and schools when the Irish Catholics arrive. When the irish children come to school they have to use the protest and bible. their parents don't like it. when they protest the protestant attck the irish burning a catholic church and burning the homes of the people who supported the catholics. after a number of riots the 2 groups settle down and the catholics get there own schools.
("A Rose for Emily") Summary of Emily
poisoned Homer Barron; kept dad's body for three days after his death; she keeps Homer in a room for 40 years after he died, she sometimes slept with him after he died
What is Juan's motivation at the beginning of the story? at the end? The Censors
to get the letter to Mariana. To get the letter in his hands.
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