A symbol of a dynamic system of related principles, like the Balance Structure has principles that describe its parts, functions, and relationships.
In literary studies this term refers to the large-scale aesthetic form of a work as a whole: the relations among its parts and their relation to the whole work. Parts include the beginning and ending, the chief events enumerated in between, the gaps or transitions between events, elements repeated, and the means by which the work may be ultimately regarded as unified and coherent. In a narrative work, structure also involves the representation of time, the duration of the action, the pace or tempo of its unfolding, intervals between events, and the order in which events are presented as opposed to the order in which they actually occurred. This macrocosmic level of structure is distinct from the microscopic level referred to as style, which as a rule considers smaller-scale aspects such as an author's diction and syntax, cadences, and paragraphing. In general, myths tend to be analyzed structurally rather than stylistically, with attention to the largest building blocks rather than to the fine points of style associated with particular authors.