The seven elements of fiction include character, theme, plot, point of view, setting, conflict and tone. All of these elements are used to compile and write a fictional story or a piece of literature. More »

Historical fiction refers to any work of fiction that is set in the past. The precise definition of the term is ambiguous. According to the Historical Novel Society, historical fiction must be written at least 50 years a... More »

Gothic fiction and literature developed as a genre in the middle of the 18th century. Most historians consider the first example of Gothic fiction to be Horace Walpole's novel "The Castle of Otranto," which was published... More »

The key elements of literature are plot, setting, character, point-of-view, theme, conflict and tone. These elements are most typical of fiction, but they are also found in other forms of literature, including poetry and... More »

The five elements of a short story are character, plot, setting, conflict and theme. Short stories are works of fiction that are shorter than novels. More »

The elements of prose include characters, setting, plot, point of view, theme and mood. Taken together, these components create a complete literary work, whether a novel or a short story. Not all elements must be present... More »

As with most works of fiction, "There Will Come Soft Rains," a short story by science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, cannot be said to contain a single theme. However, among the themes present in the story are the threat o... More »