Presentation on theme: "Literary Elements in Graphic Novels Set up a page for Cornell notes. Your notes will be collected and graded at the end of class."— Presentation transcript:
Literary Elements in Graphic Novels Set up a page for Cornell notes. Your notes will be collected and graded at the end of class.
What is the key difference between graphic novels and traditional literature? In traditional literature (novels, poems, plays, etc.) the author’s skill is expressed entirely in words In graphic novels the writer and artist(s) skills combine to express meaning through words and visual information We understand literary elements in graphic novels through words and pictures
Plot The plot is the action of the book. Plot is what happens in the story. Example: Roger killing Piggy is part of the plot of Lord of the Flies
Symbolism When an author uses objects or events to represent an idea Example: In Lord of the Flies the conch symbolizes order and civilization
Symbolism Example from A Contract with God by Will Eisner What do you think the rain symbolizes?
Setting The place and time period where the book takes place Example: The setting of Lord of the Flies is a tropical island during World War II
Setting Example from Palestine by Joe Sacco The setting of this scene is a Palestinian refugee camp in the Gaza strip
Tone Tone is the emotional atmosphere, the mood of a book The tone of Lord of the Flies becomes increasingly serious and frightening as the book goes on
Tone Example from Powers by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
Characterization Characterization is how we learn about what kind of a person a character is We learn about characters from 3 things: What the author says about them What they say and do What other characters say about them In graphic novels we also learn about characters from how they are drawn. Often, the picture gives us the most information about a character
Characterization Example from Fables by Bill Willingham and Lan Medina
Theme Theme is the main idea of a book, the message the author wants to convey to readers The theme of Lord of the Flies is that humans are more savage than civilized
Theme Example from Lone Wolf and Cub by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima One of the themes of this series is the ability of one strong individual to stand against many
Summary At the bottom of your Cornell notes write a brief summary of your notes. What’s the main idea of what you learned today?
Classwork Choose three literary elements For each one discuss in at least three full sentences how the author or artist of the graphic novel you’re reading develops it. Be specific! Make sure to include the title and creators of the book you’re using.