Elements of a Literary Work

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Different Elements
 
Term  
Definition

Genre

major type/category of literature

Setting

time, place, general environment in which a literary work occurs

Characters

people, animals, imaginary creatures that takes part in a story

Characterization

method authors use to make the reader familiar with the characters

Protagonist

the main character (the good guy)

Antagonist

character who opposes the main character (usually the bad guy)

Theme

the underlying idea or meaning of a literary work. Its an idea or statement about life that the author is making.

Plot

A plot is what haooens in a piece of literature Most plots are built on: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, resolution

Conflict

a struggle between a character and an outside force

What are the four basic types of conflict?

character vs character (external conflict) character vs nature (external conflict) character vs machine (external conflict) Character vs him/herself (inner conflict)

Point of View

author's choice of narrator

Omniscient

the narrator knows everything about the characters and their problems, not in the story though, watches from above like a god

First-Person Limited

Seeing from one point of view, and knowing what they only know From the eyes of the character

Third-Person Limited

the narrator focuses on only the thoughts and feelings of one character

What are the three points of view?

Omniscient, first-person limited, third-person limited

Mood

Is the feeling that the writer creates for the reader

Suspense

anxiety the reader feels about what will happen next

Foreshadowing

The use of clues to tell the reader what will happen next, this usually heightens suspense