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Long Story Short: Literary Analysis of Classic Stories

Reading and Thinking about Literature from a Biblical Worldview for High School and Above.
Short stories are special. They quickly introduce us to characters, settings, conflict, and themes that relate to our lives. Short story authors are a special breed as well, able to craft a satisfying, thought-provoking story that we can read in one sitting. Stories reflect life and help us see ourselves and the world in which we live. In this course, we will use classic short stories to learn how to analyze literary devices, figurative language, story elements, characterization, theme, etc. while thinking about and discussing essential questions through a biblical lens.

Short Stories

Ruthless by William DeMille
The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
Araby by James Joyce
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves by Arabian Nights
To Build a Fire by Jack London
Young Goodman Brown by Nathanial Hawthorne
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe
The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson
Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
The Landlady by Roald Dahl
The Imp of the Perverse by Edgar Allan Poe
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
A New England Nun by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
The Bet by Anton Chekhov
The Masque of Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe
A Dark Brown Dog by Steven Crane
The Phantom Rickshaw by Rudyard Kipling
A Case of Identity by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame

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Literary Elements

Plot
Motif
Theme
Author's Pacing
Effect of the Exposition
Various Resolutions
Suspense
Dramatic Irony
Verbal Irony
Situational Irony
Characterization--external traits
Characterization--internal traits
Protagonists
Hero protagonists
Anti-hero protagonists
Tragic hero protagonists
Average Joe protagonists
Villain antagonists
Everyday antagonists
Underdog characters
Round characters
Flat characters
Dynamic characters
Static characters
Archetype characters
Foil characters
External conflict
Character vs. character
Character vs. nature
Character vs. a group
Internal conflict
Character vs. self

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