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Literary Elements Review Burke- In Parts: Part I

This is the first half of Literary Elements Review Burke
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theme
Central idea(s) in a piece of literature. Author's message.
style
Way or method the author uses to tell the story. Many authors have a certain ________.
genre
Distinctive type of literary writing. Some novels are fiction, non-fiction, mystery, romance.
plot
All the events that take place in a story. A story can't be one without all of these -- they are a sequence/series of events that make up the story's ______ line.
exposition (introduction)
The author starts the story with this part. S/he opens the story and quickly establishes characters, setting, mood, and point of view; "plunges the reader into the story." In flash fiction this part of the story is VERY brief and then the writer jumps right into the conflict. In a novel, a writer has lots of time to develop this part of a story and may go on for even a chapter.
characters
The people in the story are called _____.
protagonist
The main character--in traditional literature it's often the "good guy." In "Popular Mechanics" the main character is the mother. She may not be "good" but the story revolves around her and the husband goes against her.
antagonist
The person or thing against the main character. In "Popular Mechanics" the HUSBAND is this type of character. He is against his wife and causes the conflict.
characterization
The author uses what people say about them, what the characters say, themselves, and what the narrator says to depict a character.
setting
The place AND time of the story, determined by styles of clothing, technology, historical occurences, customs, manner or speaking, and more.
mood
The feeling the AUTHOR CREATES for the reader. In "Popular Mechanics" the author creates this feeling in the exposition (story's beginning) by telling the audience about the melting, dirty snow that this was a dark story. This is not the same as tone, which is the author's attitude.
point of view
The way in which the story is told; who is telling it. it includes various types of narrators.
first person
The author uses pronouns to show you that the narrator is from one person's point of view. You will find the pronouns that show this: "I" "us" "my" "we" (etc.).
third person
In this point of view, the author uses crafts a narrator that is not one of the characters. The story is presented with pronouns that show he is talking about the characters: "he" "she" "they" (etc.).
omniscient
An all-knowing narrator who reveals the thoughts or feelings of more than one character.
limited narrator
The author tells the thoughts of one character.