Literary Elements of Fantasy SFF 2013-2014. Elements of Fantasy Literature. Plot. Plot is almost always a natural serial sequence. It is simple, predictable, and often patterned on
the schedule of birth, growth, and death, the seasonal cycle, on the hero’s journey of separation, quest, and reconciliation/salvation.
Man vs. man is where the conflict involves one character against another.
In James and the Giant Peach James has conflict with his two aunts. They are despicable and wholly negligent towards him.
In The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe we see a conflict between Aslan and the White Witch that resembles a man vs. man conflict.
Tone is the way in which the author expresses his or her attitude toward a subject. This is a very difficult literary element to teach.
The easiest tone to recognize would be humor. However, the author also could be feeling bitterness, joy, resentment, seriousness, pessimism or optimism.
In James and the Giant Peach it seems the author uses humor to explain various situations. He uses humor to explain the deaths of Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. He also makes a humorous situation when he introduces the Cloud-Men making hail, snow and rainbows.