• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

'How are nineteenth century short stories traditional short stories?'

Extracts from this document...


GCSE ENGLISH COURSEWORK: 'Nineteenth century short stories.' ESSAY TITLE: 'How are nineteenth century short stories traditional short stories?' In this essay we will be studying the following question, 'How are nineteenth century short stories traditional short stories?' Short stories developed as a style of writing when people were becoming more literate. One of the most important factors which helped which helped short stories develop as popular form of writing was the growing popularity of magazines and journals over the course of the 19th century. The general public admired the genre of fiction and the short story mainly written to express opinions and ideas was the ideal way for a writer to earn easy money and reach a wider audience. Short stories were also a popular from of entertainment as it was read aloud within families or groups of friends. As they reached a wide audience they often dealt with different issues that had a wide appeal. To answer our question we will be looking at 5 main factors that make up a traditional short story. The five factors are, the first line in a story (this line should be interesting as this will be the first thing the reader reads. This line will also create expectations about the kind of story the audience will be reading. It should engage the reader by being dramatic or humorous,) ...read more.


In the story there are only 3 characters which are mainly used, they are the Bacteriologist, his wife Minnie and the Visitor (who turns out to be an anarchist.) As you can see the numbers of characters in this short story are limited, as well as that the description is also limited however the only person to get describe was the visitor, "The lank black hair and deep grey eyes, the haggard expression and nervous manner," This is all that was said of the visitor and nothing more. The other two characters were not described much but Minnie kept calling the Bacteriologist mad which could be a style of description. In the story you can find some clues to the climax. Firstly when the Bacteriologist explains to the visitor how a drop of the cholera germ can kill many and secondly when the visitor runs off with the germ. The twist to the story was much unexpected and caught me out of the blue. The anarchist thinking he drank the cholera germ actually drank a germ that will turn him blue. H.G. Wells creates this twist very well all the time mentioning cholera when actually it was something else. However it does not give the story a definite ending as we do not know what happened to the visitor. Did he turn blue? ...read more.


The third area is clues to the climax. We have looked at this area in all of the stories. Many of them give clues to the twist and create much suspense throughout the story. The fourth area is a twist at the end. Nearly all the stories have a twist, some which are much unexpected such as the one in 'The Stolen Bacillus'. The fifth and final area is a theme or moral. Not all the stories have a moral to their ending but their theme can be seen through out the story. Such as the theme in 'Country living' (which is making choices.) This can bee seen in all the areas of the story, starting from when Madame Henri d'Hubieres comes with an offer to buy their son. The parents have to choose if they want to or not. This is the major choice made in the story and made a great impact to the ending of the story. The language used in the stories is very typical to short stories and the century it was written in. The writers use short sentences to quicken the pace of the story and words which have simple meanings. I will finish off by saying 'Nineteenth century short stories' are traditional short stories as they follow all the areas which makes a short story good and interesting. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Edgar Allan Poe section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Edgar Allan Poe essays

  1. Compare and contrast the narrative techniques used in three or more of Edgar Allan ...

    eye, the effect this has on the reader makes them wary of the eye as it is described as "evil" and "vulture like". The author has also used imagery when the man enters the bedroom on the eight night, he describes the room and every action by the character, "His

  2. Choose two of the pre-20th century short stories that you have studied. Compare and ...

    someone clearly conscious, but troubled by his disabilities, for since he is a jester in court he is constantly made fun of about his physical appearance, and we learn he is a very secretive character, who keeps his feelings to himself, and seems to have much inner bitterness and rebellion, though he does not show it.

  1. By comparing‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ with ‘Hop Frog’ discuss the ways in which the writersportray ...

    She expresses her thoughts and releases some of the energy that she is so full of through writing. However John forbids that she should write, the narrator tells us 'I am absolutely forbidden to 'work''. The narrator herself tells us herself that 'excitement and change would do me good'.

  2. ‘The Black Cat’ and ‘The Squaw’ are both short stories from the sub-genre of ...

    The reader is given no indication that it is a horror story throughout the beginning of the story. Similarly, at the beginning of The Black Cat, the reader does not receive much of an impression of the supernatural. The character just seems to introduce himself.

  1. Explore the techniques used by pre-twentieth century authors to build fear and tension for ...

    The feeling of witchcraft is echoed when he "was aroused from sleep by the cry of fire." His house is alight, and after the blaze, people gather around. In the only wall that is left standing, an apparition of a gigantic cat.

  2. The stories of mystery and suspense you have read present improbable events - How ...

    The reader has doubts about the protagonist's motives due to the fact that he is mad. This story is a first person narrative story and the theme is believable because of the author's passionate expression of the story. The setting in this story is in a dark house and mainly in just one room.

  1. Poe's mark on American Literature.

    Many of those who read Poe's works turned out to be in the younger section of the American population. Upon finishing a work by Poe, those young boys and girls had aspirations of becoming writers, as well (Blackmur 375). To those young people, Poe was an inspiration to become a writer.

  2. Explore the ways in which Poe creates suspense in a selection of his short ...

    All in all the reader would feel anxious and tense because he/she wouldn?t be getting all the views and wouldn?t know for sure what would happen next leaving an air of mystery. Another way Poe creates suspense was to fragment his sentences.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work