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Elements of Fiction

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Gloria Kuykendall

on 18 September 2013

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Transcript of Elements of Fiction

Theme
the central idea of a story
plot
setting
point of view
character
language
rhetorical
devices

conflict
chronology
flashback
internal
external
foreshadowing
change
development
role in conflict
flat
round
static
dynamic
protagonist
antagonists
exposition
narrative hook

climax
rising action
resolution
falling action
context
mood
also known as style
tone
diction
imagery
figurative language
first person point of view
limited omniscient point of view
omniscient point of view
title
irony
symbol
allegory
ambiguity
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?
Consider
--its subject
--changes in character (thoughts/actions)
--resolution of conflict
--meaning of the title
--view of life portrayed in the story
--the overall story


interpreting character
--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."
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