What are the literary elements of plot, characterization, setting, and point of view?

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Plot is the overall story line of a piece of fiction.  It is what you would talk about if someone asked you what happened in the story.  Plots typically consist of set elements such as rising action, climax and falling action.

Point of view has to do with whose...

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Plot is the overall story line of a piece of fiction.  It is what you would talk about if someone asked you what happened in the story.  Plots typically consist of set elements such as rising action, climax and falling action.

Point of view has to do with whose eyes the story is seen through.  Is it a narrator who is detached from the events?  Is it through the point of view of the hero?

Setting has to do with where and when the piece occurs.

Characterization, is the "drawing" of the personality traits of the people involved in the work.  This can be done by a discussion of what the person looks like, or by exploring how they react to certain situations in the plot, or in many other ways.

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