What Is a Short Story?

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What Is a Short Story?
Short Stories are very interesting to read and can have many different meanings. Usually just one plot or theme, but can carry much more significance to reader than given credit for. Short stories are one of the most distinguished types of literature there is. Since they are different, they fall into a genre that implies certain expected conventions or traits. A short story is a fictional read which can be exciting because it usually is not going to bore you to death, and will keep you on the edge of your seat. It may have been a story you have heard before, but actually reading it can give the whole meaning and better understanding of the story. A short story is more than just a story, it is where you can dive into a reading for only a short time, but feels like you are lost in the story for hour. It can make you feel as if you were actually there in the story. The creation of a short story is the plot, a conflict, point of view, characterization, limited setting, theme, and symbolism. After reading a short story, one might not think that it was difficult for the author to compose it, because after all, it is a short story, but ironically the creation of a short story is a difficult process that takes time and planning. I am going to highlight three main elements of a short story; plot, theme, and setting that will help develop a better understanding for the reader of what these elements mean in the creation of a short story.

Plot is the organization of events and what drives them in the story. There are seven things that make a plot: exposition, inciting moment, complication, climax, reversal, resolution, and the last moment of suspense. To understand the full meaning of a story, all the events or actions in the story must fit together. Furthermore, in a plot there is conflict identification, which is usually between the protagonist and antagonist. This conflict identification increases the suspense and tension that builds in the...
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