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Lit Terms

Unit 2

character people or animals that take place in a story
motivation reasons that characters act how they do
direct characterization writer describes a character
indirect characterization writer reveals character through speech and actions
theme the central message expressed in the story
universal theme a message about life that is expressed in different cultures and time periods
plot sequence of events
exposition introduces the setting, characters, and situation
setting time and place of a story
rising action introduces conflict
conflict struggle or problem
climax turning point in the story
falling action part of the story when the conflict lessens
resolution conclusion
literary devices tools authors use to enhance their writing
foreshadowing use of clues early in the story to hint at events that occur later
flashback placement of a scene within a story that interrupts the sequence of events and reveals past events
irony literary techniques that involve surprising, interesting, or amusing contradictions
dialect a form of language spoken by people in a particular region or group
characterization the way a writer reveals personality and qualities of a character
Created by: brebekah



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