Assignment 2 Essay

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Week 2 Assignment Introduction to Literature Eng. 125 Tina M Chatmon Ins. Shawn Mangerino Week 2 Assignment Outside of the plot, the 'theme' is the central message of the literary piece and is often used as a basis for story. For example, story themes can be based on either childhood, love, or a time in history. In a subtle way, the writer’s imagination colors the plot, sets the tone, and creates context to the story. Basically, theme is a mindset that a writer wants to express about a certain topic subject. A literary work can have more than one theme, and most themes are not directly stated but are indicated, leaving the reader to think about all the elements of the work and use them to make a reasonable guess as to which themes seem to be suggested. As stated in our text, “To identify a story's theme it's necessary to look beyond the plot. The plot tells you what happens in a story, but the theme tells you what the story is about.” (Clugston, R. W. 7.1) Two literary elements in a short story that I feel contribute to the theme are plot and setting. A plot is basically the main idea of your story, and at times may be based on conflict. Here are the elements of a plot: -Introduction: The beginning of the story where the characters and the setting is revealed. -Rising Action This is where the events in the story become complicated and the conflict in the story is revealed (events between the introduction and climax). -Climax: This is the highest point of interest and the turning point of the story. The reader wonders what will happen next; will the conflict be resolved or not? -Falling action: The events and complications begin to resolve themselves. The reader knows what has happened next and if the conflict was resolved or not (events between climax and resolution). -Resolution: The Part of the plot that concludes the falling action by

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