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Elements of a Novel

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Janette Foreman

on 18 August 2013

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Transcript of Elements of a Novel

Definition and Terms
The Novel

Plot, Setting, Character, Conflict, Symbol, and Point of View are the main elements which fiction writers use to develop a story and its Theme.

The Elements of Fiction
1. The novel talks about universal problems and feelings of humanity.

2. It reflects the people and customs of the periods in the setting.

3. It is a long story, usually with many characters and more than one theme and story line.

4. It teaches some lesson or truth about life.
Characteristics of a Novel
1. Tone - reflects the author's attitude toward the subject and readers; often revealed through descriptive words

2. Style - determined by the way the novel is written: vocabulary and sentence structure; the way the story is told
Terms to Know
1. Allegorical - uses character, place, and events to represent abstract ideas

2. Science Fiction - relies on scientific or pseudo-scientific machinery to create a future society which parallels our own

3. Historical - set in the past and takes its characters and events from history

4. Social - concerned with the influence of societal institutions of economic and social conditions on characters and events

5. Regional - presents the influence of a particular locale on characters and events

6. Detective - combination of the picaresque and psychological novel because it reveals both events and their motivation
Types of Novels
1. The novel has two parts: a story and a story-teller

2. Whether the story can actually happen or not, novels have a realistic treatment of life and manners.

3. Their heroes are characters to whom we can relate.
1. "Novel" is an English name derived from "novella", meaning "a little new thing"

2. No one knows where the novel started. Possibly, it began with Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe" or Cervantes' "Don Quixote."

3. The novel is the most popular literary form.
Development of the Novel
There are others too!
This is on the test:
is a literary element. It is
extremely important because it shows the order of events in a story. It includes 5 aspects you'll want to remember:

- 1. Exposition
- 2. Rising action
- 3. Climax
- 4. Falling action
- 5. Exposition
These are the
(starting to get
more interesting)
(the most exciting part)
(action starts
to wind down)
is resolved!)
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