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Literary Terms

TermDefinition
Plot The sequence of events ina story,tells what happens, when and to whom, four stages; exposition, complication, climax, and resolution
Exposition early part of the story, tone,setting, intro of characters,background info.
Complication Story events that move the plot along by adding complications or expanding the conflict.
Climax Turning point,highest point of the readers interest and emotional intensity.
Resolution Sometimes called the falling action,occurs after the climax, conflict is usually resolved at this time, loose ends are tied.
Conflict Struggle between opposing forces in a story external: character pitted against an outside force such as nature, a physical obstacle or another character. Internal: Occurs within the character.
Protagonist Central character or hero in a narrative drama; usually the one with whom the audience tends to identify.
Antagonist Usually the principal character in opposition to the protagonist; can be other that a character-force of nature, aspect of society, internal force with the protagonist,
Round Characters Author reveals personality traits.
Slat Characters Simple descriptions
Dynamic Characters Remain the same throughout the story
Six Methods of Characterization -Direct Characterization -Actions -Speech -Thoughts -Reactions of other characters -Appearance
Inference The logical process by which new facts are derived from known facts by the application of inference rules. Logical guesses based on facts.
Setting Time and place of action of a story
Foreshadowing Writers use d hints or clues to indicate events and situations that will occur later in a plot.
Theme Main idea in a work of literature; perception about life or human nature that the writers shares with the reader; often inferred.
Bildungsroman a novel dealing with one person's formative years or spiritual education. How you mature
Created by: jorge.meraz9
 

 



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