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Story Terms

Terms used in short stoires

QuestionAnswer
Commercial Fiction Solely for entertainment
Literary Fiction Invokes thought
Conflict Clash of Actions
Protagonist "main character"
Antagonist Provides a conflict with the protagonist
Artistic Unity Everything is relevant to the plot
Direct Presentation Author tells us straight out what the character is like (indirect is shown through actions)
Flat Characters Can be summed up in a sentence or two
Round Characters Complex/three-dimensional
Stock Characters stereotyped flat characters, i.e.-the brilliant eccentric detective
Static Character Remains the same throughout the plot
Dynamic Character Undergoes a distinct change of character
Theme The controlling idea or central insight. Teaches you about life.
Point of Views Omniscient-narrator knows all Third person limited-third person but a viewpoint of a character First person- told from the eyes of the character Objective- Like a camera, can only tell what is going on, providing no insight
Symbol Means more than what is suggested on the surface
Allegory Second meaning beneath the surface, endowing a cluster of characters, objects, or events with added significance
Fantasy transcends reality
Verbal Irony opposite of the what the speaker intends to say, sarcasm is the biggest example
Dramatic Irony Contrast in what a character says, and what the reader knows to be true.
Irony of a Situation Discrepancy between appearance and reality/ or between what is and what would seem appropriate
Sentimentality Excessive Emotion
Created by: socoxshelby