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					Elements of a Short Story

Students will be able to understand the
 elements of a short story and will be
 able to identify them using Freytag’s
                Pyramid.
       Elements of a Short Story
• The elements of a short story include:
   –   Exposition
   –   Rising Action
   –   Climax
   –   Falling Action/Resolution
   –   Dénouement/Conclusion
                    Exposition
• Exposition is the part of a
  literary work that provides
  the background
  information necessary to
  understand the
  characters and their
  actions.
• Exposition introduces the
  characters, describes the
  setting, and summarizes
  the significant events that
  took place before the
  action begins.
Rising Action
       • The rising action is
         the part of the plot in
         which complications
         develop and the
         conflict intensifies,
         building to the climax,
         or highest point of
         interest and intensity
         in the plot.
                    Climax
• The climax is the
  moment when the
  interest and emotional
  intensity reach their
  highest point.
• This moment is also
  called the turning
  point, since it usually
  determines how the
  conflict of the story
  will be resolved.
Falling Action/Resolution
             • Falling action occurs
               after the climax, or
               high point of intensity
               or interest.
             • The falling actions
               shows the results of
               the major events and
               resolves loose ends
               in the plot.
      Dénouement/Conclusion
• The final resolution or
  clarification of a story
  is called the
  dénouement.
• This is where the
  author makes it worth
  the journey – we get
  to see what becomes
  of the characters.

				
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