Elements Of Novel
What are the elements of a novel? Explain all elements.
Background to English Literature.
In general, the main elements of a novel are as follows: narration, plot, theme, setting, and character.
- Narrator- The mind from which all aspects of the story are necessarily told
- Theme- one or more direct or indirect statements about the human condition as evidenced through the work as a whole
- Plot- the series of events which make up the story, traditionally, conflict, climax, denouement, and conclusion
- Setting- the place, the time, and the social circumstances of the work.
- Tone- The general attitude of the author toward the characters or the subject matter of the book.
- Characters- the sentient or non-sentient beings alive or dead who are the actors of the events
- Point of View- perspective from...
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Plot: Plot is the backbone of all literary forms. It means out lines or the events which the author collects from the society and are saved into his mind. He rearranges them in the natural way and writes in form of novel.
How to Narrate the Story:
(a)The Direct or Epic Method
(b)The Autobiographical Method
(c)The Documentary Method
The novelist picks out good deeds as well as bad deeds and writes on it in form of the novel. He works like media for the contemporary society.So society is his subject matter.
Characters are the backbone of a novel. The novelist introduces several characters to carry the story to its end. These characters must be life like, and they must cover all the jobs of society. It means that he introduces hero, heroine, villain, attendents, servants, sweepers, officers etc.
Language and Dialogues:
Novel is a great source of entertainment for the readers in case of journey or free time. A novelist writes it for the sake of readers because he wants to transfer his knowledge. This knowledge is transferred into writing form with a noble spirit. All sorts of communications are known language. Now it has become a rule that the language of novel should be simple and make free its characters win sympathies of the readers. The dialogues should not be long that may bore the readers. The readers can utter the dialogues in one breath with full skill.
Like drama, novel also holds conflict that moves the story to the conclusion. In novel, there are two kinds of conflicts. One conflict or tussle is between hero and villain that is called an external conflict. The other conflict is shown within the character himself. It means there is the tussle between a character and his conscience or mind due to some problem that has become the headache of the main character.
Scene and Setting:
The fictional characters depend on the locale that is endowed by the author. . His setting is not bookish but original with newness. The novelists avoid bookish settings because they like to visit themselves in order to freshen their work. The other setting is imaginary because the setting of the novel is not always taken from a real life. The novelist has ability to create the totality of his fiction. The English scholar J.R.R.Tolkin, in his ‘Lord of the Rings’ (1954-55) creates an alternative world that appeals emotionally to many who are dissatisfied with the existing one.
Novel gets length according to its stuff. The novelist uses two ways for presenting human characters. One is the limitless or considerable length. Servant’s Don Quixote, Tolstoy’s War and Peace and Dickens’s David Copperfield are the best examples. In such type of length, the novelist presents a large section of life. He narrates the story from the birth to the old age. The other is the brief way, and for it, he uses a significant episode in the life of a personage. This type of novel is the production of the World War II. In that time, brevity was considered as a virtue in works like the later novels of Samuel Beckett.