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Story elements and their defintions

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theme   underlying message in a story  
plot   It is the sequence of events in a story or play. The plot is a planned, logical series of events having a beginning, middle, and end.  
characters   whom is this story about or the animals/things the story is about  
setting   The time and location in which a story takes place .  
conflict   the problem in the story...all stories have a conflict  
rising action   This is where the events in the story become complicated /conflict is revealed.  
climax/turning point   This is the highest point of interest and the turning point of the story.  
falling action   The events and complications begin to resolve themselves.  
resolution   how the problem is solved  
point of view   whose voice tells the story or gives us the crucial information we need to understand what is happening  
protagonist   "good guy"  
antagonist   "bad guy" or force  
foreshadowing   a hint about what will happen later in the story  
introduction (also called exposition)   The beginning of the story where the characters and the setting is revealed.  
tone   attitude of the author toward his subject  
symbol   color, person, place, or object that stands for an idea other than itself  


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