来源：沪江听写酷 2011-11-07 12:03
Yesterday we talked about the anecdote. Today we're going to move on to one of the most popular literary forms in Western literature - the short story. A short story is a piece of prose fiction, usually under 10,000 words. Although it's similar to the anecdote, it's really a separate literary form. You remember that the anecdote's sole purpose is to entertain, and that it does this by relating a curious or interesting event. Well, there are also events in short stories, but the short story uses the event as something a character reacts to - the reader's interest is captured by the effect that this event has on the character in the story. We're even likely to reread a short story to better understand the character who's being portrayed and why a certain event led to a certain response or action. A short story, though, is not just a short novel. A novel is narrative - it tells a detailed story that usually takes place over a long period of time. A short story is less comprehensive than a novel, and the focus is on a character's mental reaction to an experience - this reaction is the heart of the short story. Now I want you to think back to the short story you read for homework and I'll give you a list of questions to think about.