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Elements of Fiction

Fiction Terms

TermDefinition
Narrator The person telling the story.
Resolution Happens at the end of the story. It is the part when the final outcome happens.
Character The person or animal that takes part in a story.
Setting The time, place, and duration of the story.
Plot A series of events that make up the beginning, middle , and end of the story.
Conflict The problem in the story.
Internal Conflict The character has problems with feelings inside his own mind or thoughts.
Theme The lesson or message about life that the author is trying to teach the reader.
External Conflict The character has problems with another character or some outside force.
Character Traits The author's description of a character, based on how the character looks, speaks, acts, and thinks.
Fiction A story that is made up or not true.
Title The name of a piece of literature.
Author The person who writes a piece of literature.
Point of View The perspective from which a story is told.
First Person Point of View When the narrator is a character in the story and uses pronouns like I, me, my.
Third Person Point of View When the narrator is NOT in the story and uses pronouns like he, she, it, they.
Protagonist The main character in a story.
Antagonist The character who is against the protagonist.
Rising Action Events that increase or raise the tension and lead toward the climax.
Climax The most exciting part of the story, the turning point in the story.
Falling Action Events that follow the climax.
Exposition The beginning of the story when characters and setting are introduced.
 



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