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

In the stories, The Meaning of Elephants and The Last Class, the themes are supported by the setting, character relationships and narrator of the story.

Extracts from this document...


The opening of a short story is extremely vital as it is the first the words the reader reads that gives the reader their first impression of the story. The beginning of a short story also introduces and helps the reader to understand the key themes which the story explores. In the stories, The Meaning of Elephants and The Last Class, the themes are supported by the setting, character relationships and narrator of the story. The opening of a short story is important as it creates the setting which introduces the main themes. In the short story, The Meaning of Elephants, the beginning of the short story gives a brief description of Jack's setting in Jack's perspective, "the tiny world I'd suddenly been thrust into, Weedington (population 8547)". ...read more.


The character relationship between Jack and Emily is described in the first few sentences of The Meaning of Elephants. The first sentence "When Emily passed judgment everybody listened because Emily was top dog." Suggests that Emily has a high status in society and in contrast, Jack does not. From the first statement, the audience is able to understand that the theme of manipulation is created by the power Emily holds over the school. It also suggests that Jack and Emily's relationship is not quite friendly as Jack compares Emily to a 'dog'. In The Last Class, the author opens his story with Frantz describing his relationship with the teacher, Monsieur Hamel. Then text mentions that Frantz is "terribly afraid" of being late as the teacher is very strict. ...read more.


In The Last Class, the character relationship between Frantz and Hamel in the opening of the story emphasizes the change of perspective Frantz has on his teacher. The theme of change is also highlighted by Frantz's thoughts, "my grammar, my sacred history- seemed to me like old friends". The first person narration emphasizes the emotions Frantz has in response to the change to the change, when his teacher will no longer teach him French. The narrator gives a further understanding of character and character relationship of the stories which are important to support the themes. The opening of a short story is crucial to introduce, develop and emphasize the themes mentioned in the story. The opening must be interesting to captivate the audience and creates the general first impressions of the story. The openings of short stories help the reader to understand in depth about the explored themes of the story. ...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 Miscellaneous 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 Miscellaneous essays

  1. In Dubliners the stories are linked by the theme of Paralysis.

    These games were not allowed in school and also the comic books were strictly forbidden. However these boys did want to read them and become free and wild like the Indians. They plan to skip school; an institution which they view as a prison.

  2. Horror story coursework

    He then begins to try to conquer his rationale, and starts to examine the room 'systematically' a thing that an intelligent man does. The room that is the actual setting where all the horror takes place, is described as being very big, where the darkness seemed to be "germinating", that growing which made him uneasy.

  1. Revenge- A fictional story

    The gate led to a long twisted track which led up to the grand house. As soon as the cars turned the first corner, every mouth started talking again. The general conversation was, 'Is he back?' or, 'Was he in the car?'

  2. Distrust and Isolation in Kafkas Metamorphosis

    For example, when at length someone asks whether he is well the protagonist responds "yes, yes thank you", not having the trust in his family to reveal his transformation. It seems evident from the opening stages of 'Metamorphosis' that a fissure has divided the family into two parties; Gregor on

  1. How the writer creates interest in the story

    Of course, we already know he is not sane because he mentions to us during the opening, that he hears things in the heaven and hell. He then goes on to explain to us his reason for murdering the old man.

  2. Gothic Short Stories

    The darkness overwhelmed him and he bruised his thigh and stumbled over. The only light now in the room was the fire, its "flames still dancing between the glowing coals", the young man's last chance of safety. Those flames vanished and darkness wrapped the young man in a "stifling embrace",

  1. Shades Of Grey- A Short Story

    Timmy stood there, and gazed at this spectacle. It seemed like his eyes were hungry for these everyday wonders. He felt his brain lovingly storing the sight of every curve of the water, every drop that flew free from the gush, or jumped as it hit the basin to land on Tim's face.

  2. Compare And Contrast the Way In Which the Strong Willed Women are ...

    'The Necklace', by Guy de Maupassant, does not describe the main female character, instead, she is described by her self. She describes herself as 'one of those charming girls who had been born by an unlucky twist of fate

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