Segments in this Video

What Is a Narrative? (05:09)


Elements of narration include perspective or point of view, character types such as protagonist and antagonist, and characterization.

Plot Structure (04:11)

Every story has a framework that holds it together. Viewers learn about exposition, conflict and complications, rising action, climax, turning point, denouement, falling action, and resolution. Plot movement may be linear/chronological or circular.

Tone, Mood, and Setting (02:53)

Tone, mood, and setting provide the substance, color, and look of the narrative. Mood is often referred to the atmosphere or dominant feeling of the story. The role of the reader is to understand the setting and representations rather than judge it.

Stylistic Techniques (02:42)

Stylistic techniques such as figurative language include metaphor, hyperbole, irony, symbolism, and foreshadowing. Diction, or the language used, might be spare or dense. Stylistic elements create the pleasure a reader gets from a narrative.

Themes (03:08)

The basics of critical analysis are essential for identification of theme. Theme is the main idea or message of the story. Theme is rarely mentioned specifically. Literary interpretation is a way of bettering our understanding of the world we live in.

Credits: Elements of Narratives (00:42)

Credits: Elements of Narratives

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This dynamic program takes an in-depth look at the structure and components of narrative writing. Viewers learn that narratives must include characterization, plot structure, tone, mood and setting, stylistic techniques, diction, and themes, and that these elements are brought to life through the careful choices of the author. The video also defines key concepts: character perspective, protagonist and antagonist, character development, rising action, dramatic tension, irony, foreshadowing, and more. With clear and concise explanations and examples that viewers will readily relate to, this is an essential introduction to the fundamentals of narrative writing. A viewable/printable worksheet is available online. (19 minutes)

Length: 19 minutes

Item#: BVL47567

ISBN: 978-1-62102-380-7

Copyright date: ©2011

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