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1 Literary Devices

2 Elements of Literature
Plot Conflict Setting Character Point of View Theme

3 What is Plot? Plot is the sequence of events within a literary work.
The plot of a literary work can be divided into five distinct sections that can even be graphed on a diagram.

4 A Closer Look at Plot: What are the Five Divisions of Plot?
Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution Climax Rising Action Falling Action Exposition Resolution

5 What Drives the Plot Within a Literary Work?
Conflict -The struggle between opposing forces Conflict can be INTERNAL or EXTERNAL Man vs. Himself Man vs. Man Man vs. Society Man vs. Nature

6 What Type of Conflict Does this Picture Represent?

7 Answer… Man vs. Society…
This picture depicts racial discrimination. It was law that African Americans use separate facilities because of their race. Therefore, this is an example of man vs. a rule of society.

8 What type of Conflict does this picture represent?

9 Answer… Man vs. Man This 1942 picture illustrates two men in a boxing match

10 What is Setting? Setting is the time and place of the action
Setting includes all details of a place and time—the year, the time of day, even the weather. Details such as dialect, clothing, customs, and modes of transportation are often used to establish setting

11 Describe the Setting Here within the next picture…


13 What is the setting here?

14 What is Character? Character is a person or an animal that takes part in the action of a literary work Characters can be classified into several groups: Major or Minor Flat or Round Dynamic or Static

15 Major Characters vs. Minor Character
Most important character(s) in the entire literary work Minor Characters Characters with a lesser role, but necessary for the story to develop

16 Flat Characters vs. Round Characters
are often one-sided and often stereotypical Round Characters are fully developed and show many traits

17 Dynamic Characters vs. Static Characters
grow and change as the literary work develops Static Characters do not change throughout the literary work

18 What is Point of View? The perspective or vantage point from which a story is told. 1st person POV 3rd person limited 3rd person omniscient

19 What is Point of View? 1st person POV
story is told from the viewpoint of a character in the story Uses pronouns like I and we

20 What is Point of View? 3rd person limited POV
The narrator is not a character in the story The story is told based on the view of a single character Uses pronouns like he/she and they

21 What is Point of View? 3rd person omniscient POV
The narrator is not a character in the story The narrator is all-knowing or “god-like”—knows thoughts and feelings of all characters

22 What is Theme? The central message, concern, or purpose of a literary work. The theme is often revealed indirectly and the reader may have to look carefully at what the work reveals about people or about life.

23 What are some themes to literary works you have already read?

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