Novel & Elements of the Novel
The word "novel" comes from the Italian word "novella," which denotes a fresh take on an existing theme or idea.
The novel can be simply described as a long prose tale. A novel is not a brief prose story; rather, it is a detailed and illustrated account of several events that occurred throughout the life of a character. It is a comprehensive autobiography of a character from the book.
Whatever the book's intended purpose, it is clear that it captures the author's era in exquisite detail. It functions similarly to a mirror in that it reflects the image of whatever is held up to it. A novel also accurately depicts the trends, peculiarities, and characteristics of the modern period.
Some critics have defined the word novel differently.
Dr Tillyard defines the novel as “a novel is a not too unorganized, fictitious (fictional) narrative in prose of at least, say, 20,000 words.”
W.E Williams defines it as “a long narrative (narration/tale) in prose detailing the actions of fictitious (fictional) people.”
Elements of a Novel
The foundation (construction) of a novel is comprised of some components. Every one of these components is necessary for any novel. Without these components, no written work could fall under the category of a novel. Here are a few components of a novel:
Ø Point of View