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Literature/Plot

Elements of Literature/Plot-SOL Review

TermDefinition
Main Idea the main reason the story was written, its purpose; point of it
Summary a brief, condensed version (retelling) of the events in a story
Theme the subject matter or central idea of a story, can also be a lesson
Narrator the person/thing telling a story
Setting when and where a story take place
Foreshadowing hints or clues about later events
Character a person/animal/thing that appears and has a role in the story
Point of View the perspective of the narrator
First Person POV a major character in the story is telling it
Third Limited POV an outside narrator who knows thoughts/feelings of one major character
Third Omniscient POV an outside narrator who knows thoughts/feelings of all the major characters
Exposition one event that sets the rest of the story in motion
Conflict the problem of the story. Remember external and internal.
Dialogue conversation or speech
Tone attitude of the writer that comes across in the story
Mood the feeling or atmosphere in a story; caused in the reader by the writer's tone
Irony difference between what the reader or character expects and what actually happens
Initiating Event event(conflict) that sets the story in motion
Climax point at which the conflict(problem) is resolved
Falling Action loose ends are tied up, results of climax deals with
Rising Action complications develop
Resolution problems are solved, characters move on with the changes from the story
Created by: Krista_Coalson