A Place in the Sun: 10th Literature/Composition

June 20, 2007

What do you know about short stories?

Filed under: Short Stories — Buffy J. Hamilton @ 12:22 pm

What are short stories?  What do you know about them?  What qualities or characteristics help define a short story?  What is the best “short story” you have read? 

Please answer these questions in a paragraph of 8-10 sentences.



  1. Short stories are stories that consist of paragraphs and sentences. They do not contain chapters. Short stories are an excerpt or a fragment of a story. They are stories that are not blocked into chapters. The main things that define a short story are that the story is usually fiction and not nonfiction. The story is also usually one that is from oral-story telling. The best short story that I have read would be “from Farewell to Manzanar”. This book was very interesting in that it told how the Japanese where treated during WWII and how they had to survive in the camps they stayed at.

    Comment by Robert B. — June 20, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

  2. A short story is a read that is a fiction and typically short. Short stories usually convey some type of message or moral. As far as characters go there is usually a protagonist with a conflict to overcome and an antagonist trying to prevent the protagonist’s success. My favorite short story is The Cask of Amontillado. Where a man avenges himself by luring his enemy into a catacomb for wine then chains him to the wall and bricks him in. Then throws a torch inside before the last brick is in place. It is a very cryptic story but full of very humorous foreshadowing.

    Comment by blake a — June 20, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

  3. Short stories are just like any other story except they are shorter. I know that they tell a story but I don’t know if there are any certain rules to follow when writing one. A characteristic that a short story has is that it is short. I don’t remember most of the short stories I have read. None of them jump out for me to remember.

    Comment by wesley d — June 20, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

  4. Short stories are stories that don’t have 50 chapters. All I know is they are short and have some sort of a message. The one quality they don’t go on forever and are to the point. I really don’t read short stories because I like longer books.

    Comment by Zak S. — June 20, 2007 @ 12:45 pm

  5. Short Stories are stories that are not long. They consist of very few pages but tell a story. I know that most of them have a meaning or reason behind them. Short stories sometimes have morals behind them or they are told for enjoyment. The characters personality helps define the story and the setting also help define the stories. I do not really have a favorite short story. I do not really remember any of them. I do remember that they usually come out of the text books at school.

    Comment by TonyaG — June 20, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

  6. A short story is a story about some one or something. What I know about short stories is that it gets straight to the point of the story and it doesn’t drag on any thing while telling the story. I don’t remember the best short story that I have read its been awhile since I have read a short story.

    Comment by kris p. — June 20, 2007 @ 12:47 pm

  7. Short stories are characterized by being really short and to the point. Most of the time they are nonfiction. I dont really have a favorite short story because I have read so many of them.

    Comment by Ben A. — June 20, 2007 @ 1:38 pm

  8. Short Stories are stories that are short, that all. I know that they are all good and have a description of what it is. The characteristic that help me define a short story are feels, animals, and where it begins. The best short story I have read was “The Most Dangerous Games”. That was so good to read because it was about hunting and I like to hunt.

    Comment by Adrian R. — June 20, 2007 @ 1:47 pm

  9. I think that short stories are short. They are about like 1-200 pages long. I know they can be interesting. They definition helps define it. It pretty much defines its self In the name. I think that the best short story I have read is the great Gatsby. Another good short story is animal farm. I much rather read a short story than a novel.

    Comment by $Brandon W.$ — June 20, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

  10. A short story is a story that is under 100 pages long. I know that there are relatively short and their usually better than novels in my opinion. Well one quality is that it’s shorter than a novel, it has a character and it is supporting characters and it gets to the action really fast and the problem in the story is solved relatively fast. “The Scarlet Ibis” is one of my favorites, it’s about an older brother whose little brother can’t use his legs and was suppose to die when he was little and then his brother taught him to walk and at the end of the story he died because his heart blew up when he was running.

    Comment by Sean W — June 20, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

  11. Short stories are basically stories that just stories. I mean some short stories are long though and others are very short. They can be found in a reading book or like a series of collections. I know that short stories still have a problem, plot, rising and falling action and has a turning point. Those are words that define a short story. Well at least a short story has all of those characteristics, including a setting, and a plot. The best short story I’ve ever read was Kaffir Boy. I liked this because it was very relaxing and the story was very interesting.

    Comment by lauren l. — June 20, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

  12. A short story is a story that could be turned into a novel, but was kept short. Although it is short don’t let it foul you it maybe short but it is to the point. Characters, conflicts, flashbacks, foreshadowing and many more that helps describe what a short story is all about. The best short story I have ever read would have to be Tangerine.

    Comment by Tiffany D. — June 20, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

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