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ENG 102 - Short Story Research Guide

This step-by-step guide will help you complete your Eng 102 short story assignment.

2. Explore Your Story

After thoroughly examining your assignment, now it's time to look for some initial background or starting information on your short story. Many of the short stories in the English 102 textbook have an entry in Short Stories for Students, which is a great place to start learning more about your short story.

Analyze Your Short Story

Magnifying Glass

When and where did the story take place? (place and time)

What is the atmosphere? (historical / sociological)

How is the story told? (narrative / point of view)

What language is used? (style, tone, and irony)

Who are the main characters? (protagonist / antagonist / others)

Are there symbols used? (symbols)

How does the plot help the reader understand the theme?

What is the dramatic moment?  What is the conflict?

What is the moment of climax? (turning point / illumination / understanding)

How does the story end? (resolution)