This permachart provides the reader with a framework to use when reading short stories, which can then be used to approach all other forms of literature critically. The examples of short fiction used in this permachart can be found on the internet. Why are short stories important: the short story, a literary form that has its origins, although short stories deal with fictional in antiquity, is taught in english courses from grade school through university. Often, the sources of these narratives parents, close friends, etc. can be trusted. The evolution of the short story: short stories are doubtless the oldest narrative form. The earliest stories probably grew out of attempts to explain the world around us. Such stories eventually became the basis of myths (from mythos: the greek word for. These works consist of a number of short tales set within a larger fictional frame.