Question by  squiffy (130)

How should I set up the analysis of a short story?

The teacher didn't give any guidelines.


Answer by  ETeach (13)

Give a brief summary of the part you will analyze for context, focus on a theme through a thesis statement, then show how parts of the story illustrate your chosen thesis. Also, teachers love for you to use specific examples and include analysis of the author's use of literary terms.


Answer by  AnnaTeague (806)

Decide what your impression of it is when you read it. Was it funny or dark or romantic? Who is the hero or main character. What forces are driving his or her actions? Who in history or mythology does the hero or another character remind you of? What was the turning point in the story. How did it turn out?


Answer by  Ken56 (1160)

Decribe the basic elements of the story: 1. the plot, 2. the characters, 3. the background and 4. the situation of basic conflict of the story. Describe each of the four one at a time, and then show or talk about how they all work together. Also describe the theme.


Answer by  mgoodman (204)

To analyze a story, you search through the meaning and try to write something that you believe is new about what the story says or means to you. It is less a review of the story plot than it is a commentary about themes, motifs, character motives, or plot twists.

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