Give a detailed analysis of the "essential elements of the novel."Introduction to English literature

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A novel is a work of fiction in prose. The following are the essential elements of a novel:

a) Story> a novel tells us a story in the form of a narrative;

b) Narrative Mode> the mode in which the story is told--by a narrator in the first person, or by a second/third person narrator; there may also be more than one narrators;

c) Plot> the structure/organization of the narrative; there may be just one plot, or one main plot with one or more sub-plots;

d) Characterization> personages as they are presented in the novel; chracters may be 'round'/'flat', 'static'/'dynamic', 'types'/'individuals'; how the chracters behave, cofront one another, develope in the course of the plot;

e) Setting> whatever happens, happens at a place; it is called the setting; often the setting contributes to the bahaviour of the characters, becomes more than a mere place;

f) Style, Tone, Language> these are also very significant elements in the making of a novel.

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