New Criticism (5-finger model)

  1. characters
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    Five-finger model for analysing fiction: 1. Setting 2. character 3. plot 4. narration & point of view 5. theme.
    1. Protagonist <> antagonist
    2. Major <> minor
    3. Round <> flat
    4. Static <> dynamic
    5. Showing <> telling
  2. setting
    1. Setting as a mirror
    2. Setting as antagonist
    3. Setting as a way of revealing character
    4. Setting as a way of reinforcing theme
  3. plot
    1. Internal conflict <> external conflict
    2. Main plot <> subplot
    3. Subjective time
      1. In medias res
      2. Flashbacks
      3. Foreshadowing
      4. Stretching out <> boiling down
    4. Suspense
    5. Freitags pyramid
      1. Exposition
      2. Rising action
      3. Climas
      4. Falling action
      5. Resolution
  4. narration & point of view
    1. First person narration
      1. Unreliable narrator
    2. Third person narration
      1. Dramatic/objective narration
      2. Limited narration
      3. Omniscient narration
  5. theme
    1. Theme <> subject
    2. Overt theme <> implied theme
    3. Main theme <> opposing theme

 

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