Elements of Historical Fiction Historical Fiction A literary genre in which the narrative of a work is set in the past and features characters, places, events and experiences based on true historical events. Characteristics of Historical Fiction in a Film Setting – This identifies the authentic historical time period and geographical location(s) that the film portrays. Characters – In a historical fiction, characters may be fictional while others may be based on a true historical figure(s) who lived during the time period.
Protagonist – The leading character(s) in a fictional work. Antagonist – Characters that actively oppose or act hostile toward the protagonist(s) or the film’s resolution. Characterization – This references how characters are portrayed throughout the film. Through dialogue, physical appearance, and interactions with other characters, viewers can understand the characters connection to the historical period of the film. Conflict – The main characters are involved in a dilemma that is connected to historical events captured in the film. The protagonist(s) in the film experience(s) both internal conflict and external conflict. Internal conflict is experienced when the protagonist suffers inwardly. External conflict is caused by the surrounding environment the protagonist finds himself or herself in. Imagery – This is used to add to the visuals of the film. These include symbols, colors, objects, etc… that stand for more than their literal meaning and represent something more. Narrator Perspective – The point of view from which the story is told. This point of view also sets the tone of the story in the film. Plot –The sequence of events that make up the story of the film. These events can be based on true historical scenarios or can be fictional. The plot is the foundation of a story and is composed of five main elements: Introduction, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution. Theme –The main idea(s) or message(s) of a story portrayed in the film. The theme can be explicitly stated or implied.