Analysis of Fictional Texts

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FICTIONal texts Setting Time: * When? * What time of the year/day/season Place: * Real or imaginary world? * Atmosphere? * Cultural/social/historical environment: Any information about the period or context? * Described detail or hinted at? * Reflect a character’s mood? * Symbolic significance? Narration/point-of-view First person: * Reliable/unreliable? * What does the narrative voice say about the narrator’s personality? Third person: * Omniscient (all-knowing – intrusive(comments on actions) or objective?) * Limited (Only access to feelings of 1 or 2) * Objective (only describing actions). Narrative modes: * Description * Direct/indirect speech/description * Dialogue * Report * Stream of consciousness (indre monolog ofte uordnet og associativt) Characters Appearance: * Flat (don’t know well)/ round (know well) * Static (stays the same) * Dynamic (changes/grows up) * Simple/complex * Status? * Personality? * Language Main character/minor character: * Protagonist (main ch.) - why is s/he the main ch? * Antagonist (against main ch.) * Supporting (everyone else) Development: * What causes the change? Other: * Names symbolic? * Social background? * Ch.s appear gradually or introduced at once? Structure/composition Composition: * Chronological >< fragmented narrative * Flashbacks/flash-forward * Foreshadowing (hints at future events) * Initial situation · the development · final situation? * Conflict comes from outside or inside? * Does the protagonist control or shape the events? * Suspense – how? Models Opening: * In medias res / introduction * Catch interest - how? * Central themes introduced? Ending: * Provide resolution/open and

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