Task 3B: Life and Death

In this part, we will focus on Task 3B in your exam set. You are asked to write a short story based on the “Haul Away” song lyrics, written by Mark Knopfler. Also, at the end of the short story, you must explain how you have made use of typical features of the short story genre in your text and what effect you hoped to achieve by using them.

Since we cannot decide for you on the topic and plot of the short story, we will limit ourselves to give you an outline of the lyrics you are required to use as inspiration and give you some general points on short story writing.

Short story Genre

First of all, we will present some features of the short story genre. A short story is a small piece of literature, written in a narrative style and usually follows the classical elements of the plot:

  • Exposition
  • Rising action
  • Climax
  • Falling action
  • Resolution

The plot should not be as complex as in a novel and should focus on a single event.

The number of characters should be limited.

The action should take place in ...

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