Elements Of Fiction Part One

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Elements Of Fiction Part One

  1. 1. Part One:<br />Plot and Structure<br />Character<br />Setting<br />Elements of Fiction<br />
  2. 2. Plot and Structure<br />Plot<br />Arrangement of events that make up a story<br />Boy Meets Girl<br />Boy Falls in Love with Girl<br />Boy Marries Girl<br />Boy Becomes a Father<br />
  3. 3. Conflict<br />Struggle between two opposing forces<br />Exposition<br />Background information; helps us make sense of what is going on (details on character, setting, etc.<br />Complications<br />crisis; moments of tension<br />Climax<br />Turning point<br />Resolution/Denouement<br />Complications are sorted out<br />
  4. 4. Turning Point/Climax<br />Falling Action<br />Complication (s)<br />Resolution<br />Exposition<br />
  5. 5. Other notes on Plot<br />All elements occur, but not necessarily in order<br />Sequence of events <br />Linear<br />Non-Linear<br />Tempo<br />The speed at which events are revealed; works with the subjective aspect of reading fiction<br />Structure<br />The way in which these events are ordered and designed<br />
  6. 6. Character<br />Inseparable from plot<br />What happened? Who did it happen to?<br />Protagonist<br />Major character<br />Dynamic (go through some kind of change)<br />Antagonist<br />Causes conflict for protagonist<br />Can be dynamic as well<br />Minor characters<br />Illuminate/support the main characters<br />Static (remain the same from beginning to end)<br />
  7. 7. Character<br />Characterization<br />The means by which authors present and reveal information about characters<br />Narrative description<br />Judgment (through both narrator and other characters)<br />Surface details<br />Character consciousness<br />Character actions<br />Character speech<br />
  8. 8. Setting<br />Place or location of a story’s action<br />Rarely is it ever “simply” a backdrop<br />Not just for physical background; setting can also indicate details about character<br />Symbolism (ex: a small cramped room may indicate that a character feels trapped)<br />Revealed primarily in narrative description<br />

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