What is a story?

Posted: January 28, 2013

Aristotle said: “Tragedy is the representation of an action that is complete and whole and of a certain magnitude. A whole is that which has a beginning, a middle, and an end.”

Flannery O’Connor said: “In a story something must happen.”

According to these definitions, I think we can call this message, which came today in an email from a student, a story:

Dear Ms. Scribbles, I got a popcorn kernel stuck behind my tonsil. I got it out by having 3 pieces of pizza and 2 pieces of chocolate pie!

Feels complete to me, and I was entertained!

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