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    • Story Elements
    • Plot
      See the slides with the Plot diagram
    • Setting
      Time – when is the story taking place (historical time period, time of day, year, etc..)
      Place – Geographical location
      Weather conditions
      Social conditions – what is the daily life of the character like? Does the story focus on local color (what the characters dress like, talk like, customs of a certain place etc…)
      Mood or atmosphere – what is the overall feeling of the story created in the beginning?
    • Types of Conflict
      External – outside forces are working against a character
      Internal – the conflict is within the character
    • Kinds of Conflicts
      Man vs. Man (external)
      Man vs. Self – (internal; psychological) a character has an internal struggle going on with a decision he/she has to make or something else that is affecting him/her psychologically.
      Man vs. Nature (external)
      Man vs. Technology (external)
      Man vs. Society (external)
    • CHaracter
      Protagonist – main character; all major events are centered on this person
      Antagonist – opposes the main character
      Static – doesn’t change in the story
      Dynamic – changes occur to this character in the story, for better or worse
    • Point of View
      1st person – story is told through one of the characters; uses words like “I” and “me” to tell the story
      3rd person limited – story is told through one of the characters and we get only his/her perspective; uses words like “him,” “her,” “their,” “them.”
      3rd person omniscient – story is told from multiple points of view; reader sees many different sides to a story; uses words like “him,” “her,” etc…
    • Theme
      Author’s underlying meaning in a piece of fiction
      Author’s overall thoughts on a topic or view of human nature
      Title of work may point to theme; literary devices in the work point to theme
      For example: love conquers all, people are afraid to change, believe in yourself, cheaters never win