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The 5 Elements of a Story
Transcript of The 5 Elements of a Story
The characters of a story are who the story is about. There is usually a protagonist (the good guy), an antagonist (the bad guy), and some supporting characters. For example, in the story of Jack and the beanstalk, Jack would be the protagonist, the giant would be the antagonist and Jack's mom and the giant's wife would be the supporting characters.
The setting of a story is where it takes place. The setting could be a real place or just imaginary. For example, in the story of Jack and the beanstalk, the setting is Jack's small home and the giant's home in the sky.
The conflict of the story is the problem. A story can have more than one conflict, but normally there is only one. For example, in Jack and the beanstalk, the conflict is that Jack and his mother don't have enough money.
The plot is what the story is about. The plot must have a beginning, a middle, and an end. For example, the plot of Jack and the beanstalk is Jack sells the cow for the beans, his mother gets angry, the beanstalk grows, Jack steals things from the giant, the giant catches him, and Jack cuts down the beanstalk
The theme of a story is the moral of the story. It's what the story is intended to teach you. For example, the theme of Jack and the beanstalk is courage. You can tell because even though he knew that it was very dangerous to enter the giant's house and steal from him, he still did it.