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Elements of Fiction
Transcript of Elements of Fiction
the central idea of a story
point of view
role in conflict
also known as style
first person point of view
limited omniscient point of view
omniscient point of view
Definition: "the central idea or insight about life [that a story] reveals" (246)
"This insight is a truth about human behavior that a writer has usually discovered from experience . . . " (246)
Themes often focus on "universal themes" about common experiences shared by most people, concerns about life, suffering, death, the nature of good and evil, or the meaning of life.
How do I find a story's theme?
--changes in character (thoughts/actions)
--resolution of conflict
--meaning of the title
--view of life portrayed in the story
--the overall story
--what does the character say about self, others, situation?
--what do other characters say about this character?
Direct characterization ("tell")
--what does the narrator/author tell us about this character?
Indirect Characterization ("show")
--what does this character do or not do?
--what do other characters do in response to this character?
It's a matter of "show and tell."