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Story elements

  1. 1. Story Elements<br />
  2. 2. Plot<br />See the slides with the Plot diagram<br />
  3. 3. Setting<br />Time – when is the story taking place (historical time period, time of day, year, etc..)<br />Place – Geographical location<br />Weather conditions<br />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…)<br />Mood or atmosphere – what is the overall feeling of the story created in the beginning? <br />
  4. 4. Types of Conflict<br />External – outside forces are working against a character<br />Internal – the conflict is within the character<br />
  5. 5. Kinds of Conflicts <br />Man vs. Man (external)<br />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.<br />Man vs. Nature (external)<br />Man vs. Technology (external)<br />Man vs. Society (external)<br />
  6. 6. CHaracter<br />Protagonist – main character; all major events are centered on this person<br />Antagonist – opposes the main character<br />Static – doesn’t change in the story<br />Dynamic – changes occur to this character in the story, for better or worse<br />
  7. 7. Point of View<br />1st person – story is told through one of the characters; uses words like “I” and “me” to tell the story<br />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.”<br />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…<br />
  8. 8. Theme<br />Author’s underlying meaning in a piece of fiction<br />Author’s overall thoughts on a topic or view of human nature<br />Title of work may point to theme; literary devices in the work point to theme<br />For example: love conquers all, people are afraid to change, believe in yourself, cheaters never win<br />

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