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The Elements of Narrative Structure
Transcript of The Elements of Narrative Structure
2. Time-when does the story take place?
3. Weather Conditions-Is it raining, sunny,etc?
4. Social Conditions-daily life of the character?
5. Atmosphere/Mood-What is the feeling in the air? There are 5 important parts of Plot: 1. Introduction/Exposition/Initiating Event- The beginning of the story where the characters and setting is revealed.
2. Rising Action-This where the conflict is revealed and the events of the story become complicated.
3. Climax-This is the highest point of interest and the turning point of the story.
4. Falling Action-The events begin to resolve and finds out whether the conflict is resolved or not.
5. Conclusion/Resolution-The final outcome and everything resolves. There are 2 types of Conflict External-A struggle with a force outside one's self.
Internal-A struggle within one's self like a decision, overcome a fear, etc. There are 4+ types of conflict Man VS Man (external)-the main character struggles with physical strength against another character.
Man VS Circumstances (external) The main character struggles against his destiny or circumstances against him/her.
Man VS Society (external) The main character struggles against ideas, practices, customs, etc. of people.
Man VS Himself.Herself (internal) The main character struggles with himself/herself and decisions, right and wrong, etc.
There also is Man VS Technology, Man VS Supernatural, Man VS Nature, etc. Persons in a work of fiction Protagonist: the main character of the story-not always on the good side.
Antagonist: the opposer of the main character. The Characteristics of a Person Characterization gives information to the reader about the character themselves. The author can reveal the character by:
1. his/her physical appearance.
2. What he/she thinks, says, feels, and dreams.
3. What s/he does and doesn't do.
4. What others say, think and react to him/her. There are 3 types of POV's 1st person viewpoint: uses you can only hear what other people say, what the character is saying, and the character's thoughts.
3rd person omniscient: You can see all the character's thoughts, words, and feelings.
3rd person limited: You can only get to one person's thoughts and still uses "he and she"