Short Stories Significance Essay

Topics: Edgar Allan Poe, Fiction, Short story Pages: 2 (489 words) Published: October 23, 2010
Short Stories Essay                                                                                      Olivia Krupski                                                                                                                      English period 1 11/6/09

When reading a short story, you may not be fully aware of how much you are actually getting out of it.  Whether it contains an intricately woven plotline filled with suspense or is a less-complex fable, there are so many things you can learn from short stories.  Every short story contains a theme that is often a powerful message to the reader.  In addition, various literary devices (such as foreshadowing, symbolism, etc.) make the story more appealing. Furthermore, besides entertaining us and teaching us new writing techniques, short stories contain valuable lessons that readers can learn from and apply to life.            

Depending on the type of story, different literary techniques are used.  “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs and “The Bridegroom” by Alexander Pushkin are both short stories that use foreshadowing.  Clues that the author presents throughout the story help the reader make a prediction about the outcome of the story.  In addition, symbolism is a valuable literary term.  Examples of symbolism can be found in short stories “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe and “Flight” by John Steinbeck. Symbolism is the practice of representing important things by symbols.  An allegory is a literary work that is meant to be read on a symbolic level.  Therefore, knowledge of symbolism must be available in order to fully comprehend and appreciate an allegory. Being able to identify literary devices such as foreshadowing and symbolism will sharpen your analytical skills and make you a more competent reader.             No matter how enjoyable a short story is, the theme or the lesson that you take away from it is...
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