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nail literary terms

literary terms for mrs. nail that you need to know for the exam

Genre category or type of literature
Prose everyday spoken language or written word; not poetry
Short Story a narrative that deals with a central conflict
Plot Line Parts of a Story: Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution
Plot the sequence of events that happen in a story
Exposition beginning of a story introduces setting, characters, main conflict
climax turning point or greatest moment of tension of a story
Resolution outcome of the conflict in a plot (end of a story)
Narrator speaker or character who tells the story
Point of View narrator either in the story or outside the story
First Person Point of View story told by a character using pronoun “I”
Third Person Point of View narrator outside the story using he or she; there is no “I”
Third Person Limited narrator tells the story from one character’s inner thoughts.
Omniscient third person point of view narrator knows and tells about what each character feels and thinks
Setting time and place of a story
Conflict problem or struggle between opposing forces in a story
Internal Conflict character struggles to make a decision
External Conflict character struggles against outside force
Types of Conflict Man vs. Man, Man vs. Self, Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Society
Protagonist character experiencing the conflict/problem in story
Antagonist character causing the conflict/problem in a story
Character person or animal that takes part in the action of the story
Characterization act of creating and developing a character
Direct Characterization writer states character’s traits directly to the reader
Indirect Characterization writer depends on the reader to make conclusions
Round Character fully developed; reader knows the character like a friend or relative
Flat Character one-sided information; reader knows very little
Dynamic Character character grows and changes during the story
Static Character character stays the same throughout the story
Inference when you use the facts presented to come to your own conclusions
Theme a message about life or human nature presented by the author; may be stated directly or it may be left to the reader to figure out by examining the literary work carefully
Tone attitude writer takes toward his subject or audience
Mood feelings or emotions a story creates in the reader
Anecdote brief story about an interesting, amusing, or strange event
Created by: mcrippen