Elements in Literature

Student Reading a Textbook

There are basically six different elements in Literature that make up a story. The plot, theme, setting, characterization, conflict and mood. Each person can analyze the elements in a different way. A teacher summarizing a story to her classroom could identify the story elements as:
1. characters
2. setting (person, place, time)
3. plot (ideas and events of story)
4. problem (conflict)
5. solution (resolution)

Another teacher might separate the character by using his character traits or actions. Or she could define the action words to describe the character and what he does. Examples are:
a. dependable (Tom never missed a day at work even if he was sick.)
b. credible (The witness spoke the truth which persuaded the jurors.)
c. ethical (She held her business to a higher standard.)
d. loyal (Devoted to his friend, he stood behind him.)
e. caring (He loved his friend like a brother.)
f. intelligent (He brilliantly answered the question.)
g. comforting (Jonas hugged the little girl because her dog was killed.)
h. patient (He waited patiently for the doctor to arrive.)
I. caring (He cared for his sick animal.)
j. self absorbed (He smugly looked at the others and said, ” I don’t care what you think.”)

Another might describe the elements of literature by defining the text by asking questions about the story, looking at how the story (text) is written or looking at the organization of the story… what order of events take place. How is the plot written? Some authors write in a set order while others rearrange the story from ending to beginning and vise-versa. No way is incorrect, just the way the writer chooses to write the story.

Other related stories:
http://ezinearticles.com/?5-Essential-Elements-of-a-Short-Story&id=7429750
http://ezinearticles.com/?Character-or-Plot:-What-Drives-Your-Writing?&id=7783325
http://ezinearticles.com/?On-Writing—What-Is-the-Definition-of-Literature-As-a-Genre?&id=6671263

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