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Fiction Terms-A list

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Action: The events or incidents that take place within a literary work that, taken together, provide the plot. Evens may be external (physical) as well as internal (psychological).
Antagonist: The rival or opponent against who the major character (the protagonist, or hero) is contending.
Character: An individual within a literary work. Characters may round characters, flat characters, dynamic characters or static characters.
Round character: complex and well developed
Flat character: undifferentiated and one dimensional
Dynamic character: may change in the course of the plot
Static character: remains essentially the same
Complication: The part of the plot in which the conflict is developed and intensified; sometimes referred to as the rising action.
Conflict: The struggle or encounter within the plot of two opposing forces that serves to create reader or audience interest and suspense. Conflicts may be external (human vs. human, or human vs. nature) or internal (human vs. self).
Crisis/ Climax: The point during the plot when the action reaches its turning point.
Denouement/ resolution From the French word meaning “unknotting” or “untying”. A term sometimes used for the final resolution of the conflict, or complications or the plot.
Falling Action: The part of the plot that follows the crisis (climax) and precedes the resolution (denouement).
Hero/ heroine: The central character in a literary work; also often referred to as the protagonist.
Narrative: A series of unified events (action, plot).
Narrator: The character or voice that tells the story.
Plot: The patterned arrangement of the events in a narrative or play.
Protagonist: The chief character of a literary work; also commonly referred to as the hero or heroine.
Setting: The time and place in which the action of a story, poem, or play occurs. Physical setting along is often referred to as the locale.
Situation: Either the basic set of circumstances in which a group of characters find themselves at some point during the plot, or the set of circumstances in effect at the beginning of the plot before the action begins.
Created by: PFortuna