Analysis of Maxim Gorki’s Short Fiction

Maxim Gorky was a Russian writer known for his adept handling the genre of short fiction. His fiction is hard-core realism.Makar Chudra
Makar Chudra is a story of a gypsy who was billeting on the steppe and the protagonist listens to his tales of valor and courage about a youth who fell in love with a gypsy girl. The story is an interesting read.Traveling Companion
Traveling companion is a story where the protagonist meets a man who has been cheated. They travel together to a place Batumin in search of him. The writer is remarkable in the portrayal of consciousness of the fiction writers. There’s a psychological depth which sparkles the soul. Throughout the journey they become inseparable friends.Grandfather Arkhip and Lyonka
Grandfather Arkhip and Lyonka contemplate their journey of life. The grandfather is ageing fast and is worried about the future of his son, Lyonka. There’s a passionate rendition of character. One can contemplate the meaning of life in this story.Old Lzergil
Lizergil is an old woman who narrates strange mythical tales to the protagonist. In one a maiden is carried by an eagle to a place beyond the sky. The story has moorings of a fairy tale.Chelkash
Chelkash is a drunkard and a petty thief. He gets accused of stealing. In the rest of the story, he is on boat in the sea and is able to haul a mighty catch of fish. This story is an interesting one from the brewery of fiction. There’s considerable character depth.One Autumn
The protagonist encounters a girl Natasha who is of the same age and their relationship becomes a romantic one. The protagonist is encountering a girl kissing him for the first time, and he bursts into clouds of happy catharsis.Song of the Falcon
The protagonist encounters Ragim who is a devout Muslim. He tells him a mythical story of the snake and the falcon. The falcon is the master of the sky and the snake is the mistress of the ground. They converse with each other. Gorky anthromorphizes the snake and the falcon.For want of something better to do
The story describes the scenery of moving trains and carries a narrative about people working in the railway station. For them life is an irony and they wonder about people traveling to different destinations.Konovalov
The story starts with the suicide of Konovalov in prison. Then the story proceeds as a flashback narrating the life of Konovalov with the protagonist. The reason for the suicide is not clear. The story is rather ambiguous.Orlovs
The Orlovs is a story of a quarreling husband and wife. The story is swapped in ironic humor.The Reader
There is a conversation with the protagonist and a man on the aims of literature. The aim of literature is to help a man better understand himself and develop his desire to see the truth, to fight meanness and pettiness in people and bring out the good to awaken in them a sense of anger, shame and courage.

Short Fiction Stories – Finding Your Location

So you have picked the perfect characters for your story. You have the story line all worked up and you want to have your characters fighting the elements on a desert island while the waves are crashing against the shore and the sharks are trying to snack on your characters body parts one at a time. But wait! Have you ever been on a desert island before? Have you ever been to the beach? Do you know what the ocean smells like? Do you know what the air tastes like? If you don’t you may want to experience it before you start writing about it.I have been reading a fair amount of short stories lately and I have been noticing a common trend with more and more of them. They all have believable characters but their setting seems off, like it isn’t real. I have read stories about a man caught out in a winter storm, which is something that I have experienced and it didn’t seem at all like how I experienced it. The elements were wrong the emotions were misplaced and the overall setting was not believable. The story line was great and the characters were well presented but the location sucked.Location, location, location. Who would have thought that it would apply to, not only a business, but your story writing as well. If you have been to the location that you want to write about, then that’s great! Start Writing! If you haven’t been to that location then here are some tips to help you write it like you’ve lived it.Find Something SimilarFor the deserted island story I mentioned earlier you could go to a local beach and feel the sand beneath your feet and smell the salt in the air and get a pretty good idea of what all your senses would experience, if you were on a desert island. It isn’t perfect, but going somewhere that would be close to what you want to write about will help your writing immensely.Talk to Someone With ExperienceAgain with the desert island story, if you can’t get to a beach or you live nowhere near a beach, or the ocean for that matter, then you could talk to someone who has been on a desert island or been to the ocean and watched the waves crash against the shore. Just get them to talk about it and ask specific questions about each of their senses. Ask what it smelt like, how the air tasted and other descriptive questions like that.Do ResearchResearch is the last and least effective way of getting the information you need. It won’t give you everything but if you read stories that have good descriptive words in them then you may be able to get a good sense of what it would be like to be there. You can also look at pictures and read news articles that relate to that location.Once you have the perfect location for your story and you can describe it with all of your senses then you are ready to write a wonderful short story that will engage the reader and make them feel like they are there experiencing it with your characters and they will come back to you to read more of your stories. Every aspect of writing requires a degree of knowledge about what you are writing about. Good writers know a little and great writers know a lot. Just look at some of the best novelists in the world. Imagine how much research they did to get to their final work. If you put in the effort you will see the results.