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  1. Short Stories Notes: 8-7

  2. “The Battle by the Breadfruit Tree” • Setting: African plateau…when? • Protagonist: Smith/narrator • Antagonist: leopard • Conflict: leopard tries to kill the baby • Climax: ambush? • Ending: • OS: “ • POV:

  3. “The Gun” • Setting: modern times, basketball court, Chicago • Protagonist: Derek • Antagonist: detectives • Conflict: detectives try to prosecute him • Climax: discover the killing • Ending: twist • OS: “He runs…” • POV: 3rd

  4. “Finding Myself” • Setting: NY/NJ, early 1980s, gym • Protagonist: Jeannie Ryan • Antagonist: her lack of skill/self-confidence • Conflict: isn’t a good basketball player • Climax: she hits the jump shot • Ending: tied up • OS: “Coach Ely said that I’d know when it was right.” • POV: 1st

  5. “The Secret” • Setting: moon, after 1959 • Protagonist: Henry Cooper • Antagonist: Dr. Hastings and crew • Conflict: he wanted to know the secret • Climax: he’s told the secret • Ending: cliffhanger • OS: “Henry Cooper had been on the moon for nearly two weeks before he discovered something was wrong.” • POV: 3rd

  6. “On the Outside” • Setting: train from Detroit to NY, 1930s • Protagonist: Narrator • Antagonist: poverty/Great Depression/death/economy • Conflict: boy’s dad’s whereabouts and argument over capitalism? • Climax: they find the dad in a box • Ending: twist • OS: “I can’t remember when the boy got on the train.” • POV: 1stperson

  7. How to find an antagonist: • Who’s the protagonist? • What does the protagonist want? • Who is working against the protagonist?