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Just a brief review of Narrative components

Just a brief review of Narrative components

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  • Narrative Vocabulary What do plot, characters and conflict create??
  • Answer: A Story
    • Where: The setting - can be a time (date, time of day or season) and place where the actions take place.
    • A piece of writing will often have many settings - and each setting may set a mood/tone.
  • Who?
    • Characters are the WHO in a story.
    • The characters can be people, animals or objects personified.
    • There are major and minor characters.
  • What?
    • Plot is what happens, in chronological (time) order.
    • Key words here are exposition, rising and falling action, climax and resolution.
  • What is this about?
    • Theme - The author’s message about the human condition or problems we all face.
    • These can include such issues as life, death, family, hope, coming of age, and growing old.
  • Mood - Atmosphere and Tone
    • The overall feeling created by a piece.
    • Mood can be described in a few words such as scary, lonely, anxious or sad.
    • Details in the story need to support this judgment.
  • How?
    • Dialogue - A conversation between two or more characters.
    • Monologue - Character talks to reader or to themselves.
    • Internal monologue -Character is thinking to themselves.
  • Character Traits
    • What type of person is this?
    • Character traits are revealed through actions, dialogue/monologue and by the author or narrator directly.
  • Motive
    • WHY does a character do what he/she does in the story??
    • Motives are often based on feelings or emotions or logical conclusions - but can also be impulse.
    • Every action in a story has a motive.
  • Conflict in a Narrative
    • An opposition where it is obvious there are 2 sides.
    • Conflict occurs outside the control of the characters.
    • Conflict is shown through the actions of the characters.
  • Plot Diagram
        • A. Introduction or Exposition - setting, characters, main conflicts are introduced to the reader;
        • B . Rising Action - characters are developed, the conflicts are increased and acted out in many ways, motives are introduced, things happen; generally, the major part of a novel or story.
        • C. Climax - the "high point" of a story in which the major conflicts erupt in some kind of final showdown.
        • D. Falling Action - what events immediately follow the climax; a kind of "cleaning up."
        • E. Resolution - where everything ends; the reader may have some sense of "closure" or may be asked to think about what might come next.