What is an easy short story? What is the falling action, resolution, climax and exposition.

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I'll add one of my favorites, "The Interlopers," by H.H. Munro (Saki).  This is a story with an abrupt, ironic, and rather shocking ending.

Exposition: Two men and their families have been feuding for years, and they each head to the forest with anger in their hearts one stormy night.

Rising action: As they are about to do something desperate, a tree falls on them and pins them to the ground.

Climax: The two men have reconciled and determine to surprise the town with their new friendship. 

Falling action:  They hear noises in the woods and are hopeful their men have come to rescue them.

Denouement:  It's not men they hear.  It's wolves. 


"The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson is a wonderful short story. It addresses many of the classic literary elements as well as building suspense and horror to the intense climax. It is perhaps missing a satisfying resolution (for the reader) but it's still there.

Another great story is "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson."

Exposition:  The townspeople are...

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