The Elements of a Good Story. Plot . Defined as, “ a series of related events, each event connected to the next, like links on a chain. ” Own words:. Bare Bones of a Plot. Exposition. Characters, conflict , and setting are introduced. Complication/Rising Action.
The main character A person who actively opposes or acts against the protagonist
When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My fingers stretch out seeking Prim’s warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover of the mattress.
“Harry sat up and examined the jagged piece on which he had cut himself, seeing nothing but his own bright green eye reflected back at him. Then he placed the fragment on top of that morning’s Daily Prophet…”
Ex.) Charlotte’s Web
1) Situational Irony-describes an event that is not just surprising but actually contrary to what is expected
Defined as the “central idea of the story…not the same as subject.”
Subject is a short phrase.
Theme is a statement.
Theme reveals truth about human behavior.
A theme is not a word; it is a sentence.
You don’t have to agree with the theme to identify it.
Money can’t buy happiness.
It is better to die free than live under tyranny.
What is theme?
Themesare not explicit (clearly stated).
Themes are bigger than the story.
Big World of the Theme.
Applies to the “Real” World.
A character who undergoes an important inner change, as a change in personality or attitude
Effect on other characters