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Elements of Fiction
Fiction Writing that comes from an author’s imagination.Realistic Fiction Historical Fiction Fantasy Science Fiction Purpose of Fiction: to entertain
2 Forms of Fiction Short Story Novel
Short Story Revolves around a single ideaIs short enough to be read in one sitting
Novel Longer and more complexUsually contains several chapters or sections
Bell Ringer Have your Elements of Fiction notes out and your textbooks open to p. 16.
Characters CharactersPeople, animals, or imaginary creatures who take part in the action of a story. Main Characters and Minor Characters Defined by their traits and motives Can be dynamic or static
Characters Major (Main) Character Minor CharacterMost important character in the story Minor Character Provide part of the background of the story
Setting Setting Time and place a story takes placePast, Present, or Future
Plot Sequence of events in a storyThe sequence unfolds in this manner: Exposition Rising Action Climax Falling Action Resolution
Plot: Exposition Sets the stage for the storyCharacters are introduced, setting is described, and conflict begins
Plot: Rising Action Struggles leading to excitement of the story occur. Events are building up to the climax
Plot: Climax Highest point of interest or suspense in story (peak is reached) Usually results in a major change in the characters or a solution to a problem
Plot: Falling Action The results of the climax are revealed
Plot: Resolution Conclusion of the storyLoose ends are tied up and story ends
Conflict Struggles between opposing forces in a storyTwo types of conflict: External or Internal
External Conflict External ConflictStruggles take place between outside forces Character vs. Character Character vs. Nature Character vs. Machine Character vs. Society
Internal Conflict InternalStruggle takes place within a character’s mind Character vs. Self
Point of View The perspective from which a story is told.1st Person Narrator 3rd Person Omniscient 3rd Person Narrator 3rd Person Limited
Point of View 1st Person Narrator 3rd Person NarratorNarrator is one of the characters Uses I, me, and we 3rd Person Narrator Not a character Uses he, she, they, and them
Point of View 3rd Person Omniscient All knowingNarrator knows everything about the characters Sees in their minds Reveals thoughts and feelings of all characters
Point of View 3rd Person Limited Not in the storyNarrator tells us what one person thinks, believes, and feels
Theme Central idea of the story Meaning or moralMost themes are not stated directly Examples Friendship Survival Family Relationships Death
Elements of a Short Story
Identifying the Elements of A Plot Diagram
Plot, Character, Setting, Point of View& Theme
Elements of a Short Story Mrs. Smith – English 9A.
Literary Terms (Part Three). Plot The sequence (or chain) of events within a story -- The plot usually involves one or more conflicts which may be external.
Elements of Fiction.
Identifying the Elements of A Plot Diagram Student Notes.
The Story Basic Elements Setting Time and place of the story’s action Includes ideas, customs, values, and beliefs.
Conflict and PLOT. Conflict A dispute, struggle, or clash between opposing characters or forces. Conflict is what gives the story energy.
Literary Elements! Fiction Stories that come from a writer’s imagination are called fiction. Stories that come from a writer’s imagination are called.
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Elements of Short Stories
Short Story Notes Elements of Fiction
Elements of Fiction The Basics. Setting Definition: time and place of a story It can be used to tell about the characters It can be used to set the atmosphere.
Literary Terms. Parts of a Short Story Exposition: Presents the characters and the situation Rising Action: Building up the drama with plot parts.
LITERARY TERMS SHORT STORIES.
Genre Focus The Short Story
Short Stories 1.Genre’ – A category or type of literature characterized by a particular form or style. Examples of genre’ in literature are short stories,
The Short Story. Short Story Elements 1. Setting 1. Setting 2. Character 2. Character 3. Point of view 3. Point of view 4. Theme 4. Theme 5. Plot 5. Plot.
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