Question Description

The purpose of this assignment is to refresh your understanding of the elements of short fiction, examine more closely the use of symbolism in short stories, and apply that new understanding in an analysis of a short story.

Directions

  1. Click on the following YouTube links and watch the presentations on short fiction terms and elements:
    • Elements of Literature with Mr. Taylor (Part 1)
    • Elements of Literature with Mr. Taylor (Part 2)

Watch

    this presentation on symbolism in literature:
  • Symbols in Literature

Click

    on the following link and read “Lorry Raja” by Madhuri Vijay. The first time you read the story, simply enjoy it:
  • Lorry Raja (NOTE: This site requires registration – registration is free.)
  • Read Lorry Raja a second time and pay close attention to the use of symbolism.
  • Take notes of any important symbols you discern.
    • What does each symbol seem to represent?
    • How does it contribute to an overall sense or meanings of the story?
  • Write a list of all of the symbols you identified in the story and what you think each represents.
    • Use just a few words; complete sentences are not required.
  • Write a paragraph identifying and analyzing one symbol in the story.
    • What is the symbol?
    • What does it seem to represent?
    • How does it contribute to the meaning or beauty of the story?
    • Consider whether or not it reveals something about a character or intensifies the power of the setting or underscores conflicts or visually represents ideas or feelings that are difficult to express in words.
  • Post your list and your paragraph