A Short Story is made up of five key elements: Character, Plot, Setting, Conflict and Resolution. Let’s take a closer look at each one.
Character: The characters in a Short Story are usually people who are struggling with some sort of problem or issue. They may be facing an internal conflict, such as a struggle with their own emotions or desires, or an external conflict, such as a battle with another person or society. Either way, the characters must overcome these obstacles in order to achieve their goals.
Plot: The plot is the series of events that make up the story. It should have a clear beginning, middle and end, and it should move the story forward in a logical way. The plot should also be entertaining, and it should contain enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.
Setting: The setting is the time and place where the story takes place. It can be real or imaginary, but it should be well-defined and believable. The setting should also be important to the story, and it should help to create a sense of atmosphere.
Conflict: Conflict is the main problem or obstacle that the characters must face. It can be internal or external, but it must be present in order for the story to move forward. Without conflict, there would be no story.
Resolution: The resolution is the ending of the story, when the conflict is resolved and the characters achieve their goals. It should be satisfying and logical, and it should leave the reader with a sense of closure.
The Five Elements and Insight Elements are the story structure’s building blocks. The five elements of a narrative are character, figure of speech, form, theme, and symbolism. The ability to perceive things clearly or intuitively in terms of story components and the whole tale is known as insight. Both “The Tiger,” by Erick Gentry, and “A Lesson in Discipline,” by Teresa Foley, are short stories that include these motifs that influence the reader’s insight.
The element of character is vital to the development of insight in “The Tiger.” The protagonist, Juan, interacts with different people and animals which allows the reader to see different aspects of his personality. For example, when Juan is talking to the boy who sells him the tiger cub, he is polite and humble. However, when he is around his friends, he is cocky and brags about his new purchase. The different sides of Juan’s personality give the reader a more well-rounded view of him and help develop empathy for him as a character.
Similarly, in “A Lesson in Discipline,” the element of character also helps develop insight into the story. In this story, it is through the interactions between the protagonist, Teresa, and her father that the reader is able to understand their relationship. Through these interactions, the reader can see that Teresa’s father is a strict man who expects a lot from his daughter. However, they can also see that he loves her and is only trying to help her be successful in life.
The element of form also helps develop insight in both “The Tiger” and “A Lesson in Discipline.” In “The Tiger,” the use of powerful imagery allows the reader to feel the emotions that Juan is experiencing. For example, when Juan first sees the tiger cub, the author describes it as being “as black as night with eyes that glowed like embers.”
This description creates a sense of wonder and amazement in the reader that is similar to the emotions that Juan is feeling. In “A Lesson in Discipline,” the use of flashbacks allows the reader to understand why Teresa is the way she is. Through these flashbacks, the reader can see that Teresa has always been a rebellious child who doesn’t like to follow rules. However, they can also see that her father has always been there for her, even when she didn’t want him to be.
The lessons I’ve learnt from these two stories are that I must not take things for granted, and that I must be ready for what lies ahead. Each element has an impact on insight, not just its own meaning, but also the entire narrative’s meaning. In “The Tiger,” I will show how each component’s significance shapes insight, as well as how it affects insight in “A Lesson in Discipline.”
The first element, point of view, gives the reader a specific perspective from which the story is being told. In “The Tiger,” the point of view is that of an omniscient third person. This allows for the reader to know more than just what the protagonist experiences; instead, they are also privy to the thoughts of other characters.
For instance, when the protagonist sees the tiger for the first time, the reader is able to understand his initial fear as well as his eventual elation at being able to see such a magnificent creature up close. However, had the story been told from his point of view alone, it is possible that only his fear would have been conveyed to us.
The different points of view also give different insights into the characters themselves. In “A Lesson in Discipline,” the point of view is that of first person limited. This allows us to see only what the protagonist experiences and thinks; however, we are able to form a much more intimate bond with her than if the story had been told from an omniscient third person point of view. We feel her pain as she is forced to confront her fears and we celebrate with her when she overcomes them.
The second element, setting, provides the backdrop against which the story takes place. It can be used to create a specific mood or atmosphere and can also influence the way in which we interpret the events of the story. In “The Tiger,” the setting is the jungle. This immediately gives us a sense of foreboding as it is not a familiar or safe place for the protagonist.
The jungle is also full of hidden dangers, which mirrors the way in which the tiger itself is lurking, waiting to pounce on its prey. In “A Lesson in Discipline,” the setting is a school. This provides a contrast to the jungle as it is a place where we would normally feel safe. However, the protagonist’s fear of heights means that she does not feel safe in this setting either. The fact that she is able to overcome her fear in such a public place shows us that she is courageous and determined.
The third element, plot, is the