In today’s class we will prepare ourselves for
the short story, “The Trout.”
• What are the important parts of a story?
Make a list and define each term with your group.
• For example, each story has a conflict. A
conflict is when two people, a person and his or her environment
or a person with him or herself has some kind of disagreement or
difficulty. In stories a conflict is an important part of plot
(what happens in a story).
Notes from the Class:
It is the physical place. The physical can
indicate certain things to us. We use a screen to see my
notes. This is formal, but different from usual.
The way the people behave (customs). Do we
shake hands when we meet? Do we speak clearly; do we use bad
*If there is a house, you will know about
that house IF that house is important to the plot. The way
people talk or behave IF it is important to know.
Stories need people. The main character is
called the protagonist. And any character or other thing
against that character is the antagonist.
There are round characters and flat
characters. We understand round characters mostly
by watching and listening to them.
There are static characters and dynamic
characters. A dynamic character will clearly have learned
something by the end of the story. The static character stays
A statement (in a full sentence) that the
story illuminates. Note that one word, such as "love," is not
a theme. It is a subject. Themes must be expressed as a
"A man who loves blindly may get into a lot
• How do children (younger ones) see the
world? How is their view of the world different from an adult’s
view? Make a list of children’s special ways of seeing.
Children's Way of Seeing:
Magical thinking. Money grows on trees or
falls from the sky. Children experiment and explore. Sometimes
they will touch something to see what happens even if you warn
them about it. They have few inhibitions.
They believe in magic people and believe the
stories parents tell them and in life in outer space.
Children and how they see time is very
different. Every day is my birthday, right Mom?
They have less fear than adults sometimes.
They find problems less intimidating than
adults. They don't understand how complex life really is at
Children have all the same emotions but will
not adjust them to suit the environment as adults will.
Children don't understand death. They don't
feel they will die.
Children think creatively and without
restriction. They have imagination.
They are self-centered until adulthood.
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