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Mr. Carroll's

Literary Terms Sheet #1

Theme A statement that expresses basic meaning of a literary work
Setting The time and place in which the events of the story occur
Mood The frame of mind or state of feeling created by a piece of writing
Characterization The personality a character displays
Static Character A character in a piece of literature whose basic personality, outlook, and behavior remain constant throughout the story
Dynamic Character A character in a piece of literature whose basic personality and/or outlook/behavior undergoes a change in the story
Protagonist The main leading character in a piece of literature
Antagonist The force, usually a person, that contends with or opposes the protagonist
Symbol Any object, person or action which signifies something more abstract or general
Plot The sequence of related, significant incidents or actions in a story.Plot usually involves complications that make it difficult to resolve the conflict.Plot consists of rising action, climax, telling action and resolution.
Conflict Events in the plot that show the struggle between opposing forces.
Foreshadowing The dropping of important hints by the author to prepare the reader for what is to come
Created by: Mrs.Aloisio



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