Components of a short story
Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper defining the literary genre of short story using John Updike’s “A&P” as an example. Address the following points:
Explain how “A&P” is different from other genres of fiction you have read in the past.
Describe which standard characteristics of a short story are present in “A&P,” and which are missing, if any. Provide examples.
Explain whether you liked “A&P” more or less than longer fiction you have read, such as novels.
Determine whether you think “A&P” would function as well if it were a novel rather than a short story, and defend your answer.
Organize your paper using a traditional essay format with a clear introductory paragraph, body paragraphs based on the discussion points, and a conclusion paragraph.
Support your paper with quotes and details from the story and at least two sources outside of the story.