The Short Story

Last updated: May 10, 2017 at 14:45 pm
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What is the Short Story?

The short story is a work of English Literature. It is also a work of art in the sense that it contains a defined pattern and is intricately and beautifully woven by the “artist”.

Kinds of Short Stories

Short stories vary significantly in length, style, genre and narrative techniques. A short story may be a short as 250 words or as long as 10,000 words. Some short stories carry a predictable outcome while others sport an ironic twist. Short stories may fall under the genres of action, adventure, humor, suspense, supernatural, comedy etc. Further, a short story may be written in the First Person, Second Person, Third Person Limited or Third Person Omniscient Point of View.

The Short story for CXC

Short stories for CXC are expected to be about 400-450 words in length. Therefore, students of CXC English are advised to practice writing short stories of about 400-450 words in length. The CXC short story is usually written in the First Person Point of View.

Elements of the Short Story

The short story contains certain elements which makes it unique or sets it apart from other forms of literature. These elements include:

Setting – time and place in which the short story takes place.

Characters – people, animals or things which play a role in the story.

Point of View – the short story is told from one of four points of view: first person, second person, third person limited and third person omniscient.

Plot – The plot is an element of the story, but the plot itself contains its own elements, such as exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.

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