The Five Elements of Fiction

There are five main elements of fiction to be found in (nearly) every piece of fiction: plot, setting characters, narrative perspective, and theme.


Plot is the sequence of events and their relationship in a story.

Setting is the time and place in which the events of a literary work occur.

Characters are the people, animals, or beings in a work.

The theme is the main idea or message a literary work conveys.

Narrative perspective is the relationship of the narrator or storyteller to the story.

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