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Literary Terms

TermDefinition
Protagonist the leading character, hero, or heroine in fiction
Antagonist the person who is opposed to, struggles against, or competes with another
Plot the sequence of events involving characters in conflict. Has 4 parts: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution
Characterization the way in which an author develops the characters so that readers can picture them and understand their feelings (direct, indirect)
Conflict the struggle between the protagonist (main character) and the opposing force, which forms the basis of the plot. External or Internal
Climax or Turning Point the most exciting part of a story where there is a major turning point in the plot
Resolution or Denouement the ending; the problem is solved and the action is ended
Setting the time and place in which the action occurs.
Point of View the angle of narration used to tell the story. The different points of view include: 1st Person, 3rd Person, and 3rd Person Omniscient
Mood the feeling that the reader gets from reading something-like sad, depressed, happy, regretful.
Theme the major idea or big message in a work of literature
1st Person Point of View (POV) narration told from the point of view of the main character, using pronouns such as I, we, and our. They are inside the story.
3rd Person Point of View a story told by a narrator outside the action and was not a character in the story-
Tone the author's attitude toward the subject
Symbol/Symbolism is anything that stands for or represents something else.
Figurative Language writing or speaking in a way that is not to be taken literally. Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Hyperbole
Foreshadowing clues about events yet to cone in the story
Flashback a scene that presents an event that occurred before the time of the story.
Created by: creed7145