Write a 2-page elements of fiction essay on one of the short stories from the below options:
A Worn Path – Eudora Welty
The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
Explain the following in your paper:
- Key historical events which influenced the piece: Expand on how the key historical events influenced the plot and theme.
- Setting: Why is the setting important to the story? (The setting is where the story takes place).
- Theme: What is the major theme or idea of the story? Here are some examples of themes you might find in literature: loss of innocence, love, loss, grief, man vs. nature, man vs. technology, death, old-age, coming of age, alienation, overcoming the odds, a heroâ€™s quest, etc.
- Also, select one of the terms to include in your story analysis from your Literary Terms Exercise in this module (Allegory, Ambiguity, Antagonist, Archetype, Diction, Flashback, Foreshadowing, Protagonist, and Regionalism). Explain how this was used in the story, with examples and lines illustrating your claims. Use in-text citations where needed.
Note: The theme of a work of fiction is different from the plotâ€”the plot tells you the sequence of events or what happened. The theme tells you the main lesson or message of the narrative. It is the main point that the author wants you to understand from reading the short story, poem, or novel.