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ENG 113 Fiction

Fiction Terms for ENG 113

Protagonist The main or central character of a story. Often the “hero”, but not necessarily sympathetic or likable.
Antagonist The character that opposes the main character or keeps him/her from reaching goals.
Exposition The opening portion of a narrative where the scene is set and the main character is introduced.
Conflict The central struggle between two forces in a story.
Climax The highest point of intensity in a story.
Conclusion The part of the story following the climax where the plot is resolved.
Limited Omniscience Point of view where the narrator know everything about some of the characters but not all.
Foreshadowing An indication of event to come in the narrative.
Total Omniscience Point of view where the narrator knows everything about the characters and events in the story.
Objective Point of View Point of view where the narrator merely reports action but does not offer judgment or opinions about the events or characters.
Participant/First Person Narrator Point of view where the narrator is also a character in the story. Often uses the “I” personal pronoun.
Observer A first person narrator who is relatively detached from the action in the story.
Nonparticipant/Third Person Narrator Point of view where the narrator is not a character in the story.
Interior Monologue An extended presentation of a character’s thoughts.
Flat Character A character that has only one outstanding trait.
Round Character A character that is complex and presented in depth.
Stock Character A character that is stereotypical.
Setting The physical description of where the story takes place.
Locale The actual geographic location of the story.
Symbol A person, place, or thing in a story that suggests a meaning beyond its literal sense. Usually tied to a theme in the story.
Allegory A narrative in which the literal events suggest a parallel sequence of symbolic events. Often used offer an opinion about something like religion or history.
Tone The attitude that is conveyed toward a subject in a literary work.
Irony A literary device in which one thing is said but the opposite is meant.
Sarcasm A conspicuously bitter from of irony that is meant to hurt or mock its target.
Allusion A brief, sometimes indirect, reference in a text to a person, place, or thing.
Aside A brief passage in drama where a character says something to the audience the other characters cannot hear.
Comedy A literary work aimed at amusing the audience.
Dialogue The direct representation of the conversation between two or more characters.
Drama A literary composition designed for performance in a theater.
Created by: brian30148