Elements of Literature

January 22, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Arts & Humanities, Performing Arts, Drama
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Plot is the pattern of events in a story. Plot development usually consists of these elements: 1.Exposition 2. conflict (rising action) 3. Climax 4. falling action 5. resolution.

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1. Exposition 2. Rising Action

Beginning of Story

Middle of Story

3. Climax

4. Falling Action 5. Resolution

End of Story

The Protagonist is the main character, the hero. (The good guy) Look at the ROOT ‘Pro’ means for The protagonist is generally who the audience roots for

Example… Harry Potter, Ron Weasly and Hermione Granger are the MAIN CHARACTERS in the story Harry Potter.

These characters are all important to the plot of the story The story could not be told with out these characters.

The setting tells the reader where and when a story takes place.

What is the time period? Era (ex: Great Depression) Time Period

What time Of day is it? Morning Afternoon Night

What is the Weather like? Hot Rainy Cold

Where is the Location? City Neighborhood State Region

The Setting

The Setting



The beliefs and actions of characters

Feeling or Mood

Man vs. Man

Man vs. Nature

Man vs Society

Man vs Self

occurs when one person struggles against another person.

occurs when a person struggles against the forces of nature (ex: storm, disease, starvation, wild animals) occurs when a character struggles against the rules, laws, or customs that surround him (ex: a victim of racism, a social outcast, or criminal. occurs when a character struggles with his own fears, ignorance, or conscience.

Man vs. Nature

What is Theme? Theme is the central message, concern, or purpose of a story. It is the lesson of the story. A theme can usually be expressed as a general statement about human beings or about life.

2 Types General Themes The “big ideas” in a piece of literature. Example: love, friendship, or good vs. evil.

Specific Themes The message the author is trying to communicate to the reader. Example: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Example: Love conquers all. Example: Money can’t buy happiness.

Example: Tale Tell Heart

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