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Literary Terms

Protagonist the main character in a literary work
Short story a brief work of fiction, usually includes one basic conflict
Antagonist a character or force in conflict with the protagonist
Exposition introduces the setting, characters and basic situation
Rising action central conflict is introduced and developed
Climax highest point of interest
Falling action end of the central conflict
resolution any events including or following the falling action
setting the time and place of the action
conflict a struggle between opposing forces
irony the difference between the way things seem and the way they are
forshadowing author’s clues as to what might happen later in the story
flashback a scene that breaks the sequence of events in a story
symbolism the use of symbols to represent important ideas
static character does not change
dynamic character changes or grows during the course of the story
point of view the perspective from which a story is told
narrator a speaker or character who tells a story
first person narrator uses “I”; one character tells story
suspense the feeling of anxious uncertainty about the outcome
theme the central message, concern, or purpose of a literary work
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