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Literary word terms

Literary terms

Antagonist the person or thing that creates or causes a problem for the protagonist.
Character a person or animal who plays a part in the story.
characterization the way an author reveals the personality of a character
direct characterization the author tells the reader what the character's personality is
indirect characterization the author shows the reader the character's personality through the character's words/thoughts, appearance, actions, and how others respond to him/her
conflict a struggle between two opposing forces in a story
internal conflict a character struggles with his own feelings or decisions
external conflict a character struggles with some outside force
dialogue a conversation between two or more characters; enclosed by quotation marks
dialect the form of a language spoken by people in a particular region or group; when the character's accent is evident because of the way the words, phrases, and/or sentences are written
foreshadowing a literary device in which an author gives hints about what will happen later in the story
motive the reasons for the actions of characters
plot the sequence of events in a story; it's what happens in a story
point of view the perspective from which a story is told
first person point of view a character in the story tells the story
third person point of view an outside narrator tells the story
protagonist the main character in a story
setting when and where a story happens; this also includes atmosphere and surroundings
theme the central message of a story; it tells the reader what the meaning of the story is
symbol an object that stands for or represents an idea or concept other than itself
mood the emotions that an author makes a reader feel through the details of a story
Created by: jmarti