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English Lit Terms

Plot The idea of the story.
Charecter Person, animal, creature that plays a certain role in the story.
Conflict Opposition between characters or forces in a work of drama or fiction, especially opposition that motivates or shapes the action of the plot.
Theme The central message about life or human nature.
Setting The time and location in which a story takes place.
Third Person Omenisent Allows the narrator to tell the thoughts and feelings of all the characters. He/she introduces information where and when he/she chooses.
Third Person Limited Allows the narrator to tell the thoughts and feelings of only one character at a time. We know only what the character knows and what the author allows him/her to tell us.
First Person The story is told by the protagonist or one of the characters who interacts closely with the protagonist or other characters. The reader sees the story through this person's eyes as he/she experiences it and only knows what he/she knows or feels.
Point of View The angle from which the story is told.
Protagonist The character who is clearly central to the story.
Antagonist The character who opposes the main character
Inciting Force The event or situation that triggers the conflict.
Rising Action This is where the events in the story become complicated and the conflict in the story is revealed (sequence of events that lead to the climax)
External Conflict Exists when a character struggles against some outside force (person v. person, person v. self, person v. nature, person v. society, person v. technology, person v. fate, person v. unknown)
Internal Conflict Exists within the mind of a character that is torn between opposing feelings or goals.
Climax This is the highest point of interest and the turning point of the story. The reader wonders what will happen next; will the conflict be resolved or not?
Falling Action The action which follows the climax and leads to the resolution. Events and complications begin to resolve themselves. The reader knows what has happened next and if the conflict was resolved or not.
Resolution/Denouement The conclusion or solution to the story where the problem is solved. This is the final outcome or untangling of events in the story.
Characterization Is the ways in which an author informs the reader about the character.
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