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YOU! Think of yourself. What are 3 character traits that could be used to describe you?.
YOU! Think of yourself. What are 3 character traits that could be used to describe you?
the people, animals, or imaginary creatures that take part in the action of the story
A. Protagonist- often referred to as the story's main character. He or she (or they) is faced with a conflict that must be resolved. Usually we see the story through the protagonist’s eyes and root for him or her to come through victorious.
B. Antagonist- The antagonist is a force opposing the protagonist. This is usually a person—
the ‘bad guy’—but can be a natural disaster or an oppressive society or a boring math class, or just about anything else
Dynamic Character—Maincharacter(s) that go through a big change; he/she/they evolve into a new or better person.Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol
The evil stepmother in Cinderella is mean in beginning and mean in the end.
Static Character—this type of character is usually a minor character. In other words, this character does not change from the beginning of the story to the end of the story.
What is a character trait?
How do we find character traits?
The setting could be a specific time or place
Ex: The south during the 1950s
setting could be make-believe such as a faraway kingdom or outer space
How I would travel to Raleigh in 1890….
How I would travel to Raleigh in 2010…yea right
Plot is the series of events. Plot centers around the conflict of the story!
Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
All fictionispresented in a structured format called PLOT
The sequence of events in the story (what the story is about)
“The exposition sets the tone for the entire story.”
Arthur Conan Doyle
Rising action is the series of conflicts and crisis in the story that lead to the climax.”
B. Rising Action
AStages of Plot: Rising Action
2) Rising Action-
Events that move the story forward
Complications start to arise
Conflicts are resolved, creating normality for the characters, and a release of tension and anxiety, for the reader.
5. Resolution- The end. The conclusion. The tying up of all the threads and loose ends.
“Make new friends, but keep the old ones.”
“Never give up, persevere.”
“Love is what makes the world go around.”
“Good friends stick by each other.”
Common themes appear in many works of fiction. Some of the themes you will see in short stories, novels, and poems include:
Third-Person point of view: has a narrator who does not take part in the action of the story and who
The point of view is the perspective that the story is being told (first or third person).
the “all knowing” point of view. The narrator knows everything about the characters and their problems and uses the pronouns he, she, and by their character names. Can tell reader about the past, present and future and what the characters are thinking and what is happening in several different places and to several different characters at the same time. Narrator does NOT take part in the story’s action, but stands above the
action and watches like a puppeteer or
a sun up in the corner of a picture
- a struggle between two opposing forces
The conflict is a problem or struggle that drives the story.
Usually the entire story revolves around a main conflict.
-the struggle is within a character.
Man vs. Himself:
Ex: Man unable to make a decision
Character struggling with guilt.
As you read a story:
identify the main characters
decide what conflict they face
look for steps they take to settle that conflict
see if the steps cause other conflict
watch for clues and try to predict what the characters will do
enjoy the buildup of suspense
put yourself in the story
decide if you would have solved the conflict in the same way