Elements of a Story, Part II

by Matt on October 14, 2008

in Class Notes, Literacy

Today, we learned about the following elements of stories.

Plot:
The sequence of events that happen in a story. The plot usually happens in the order of: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Denouement.

Setting:
Where and when the story takes place. The setting is the geographic location of the story. When a character walks from one part of a neighborhood to the other, the scene changes, but the setting always stays the same.

Characters:
The people or animals in the story. Two different type of characters are:

Protagonist:
One character who is central to the story and all the major events in the story have some impact on this character.

Antagonist:
The character who opposes, or goes against the main character (protagonist). The antagonist tries to prevent the main character (protagonist) from succeeding or being happy.

Conflict:
Conflict is a problem that happens in the story. Usually, the conflict happens toward the beginning of the story, at the beginning of the Rising Action. There are different types of conflicts:
(1) Person versus Person
(2) Person versus Self
(3) Person versus Nature
(4) Person versus Society
(5) Person versus Circumstance

Theme:
The message that is in the story.

Elements of a Story, part II.pdf

Leave a Comment

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post: