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Literary Elements

Non-Fiction

TermDefinition
Plot chain of related events that take place i a story
Conflict struggle between opposing forces
External conflict in which the struggle is pitted against an outside force
Internal conflict in which a struggle occurs within a character
Exposition introduces the characters, the setting, and the basic situation
Inciting Incident moment at which the conflict is introduced
Rising Action complications of the plot and building of suspense
Climax turning point of the action when intensity reaches its peak
Falling Action events that occur after the climax and as the intensity subsides
Resolution conflict is resolved in the action of a story
Setting the time of the events in the story
Irony a difference between appearance and reality,or expectation and result
Verbal Irony what is said is different from what is meant
Situational Irony an event occurs that contradicts the expectations of the reader or audience
Dramatic Irony a difference between what a character thinks and what reader or audience knows
Mood the feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage
Point of View vantage point from which a story is told
First Person Point of View the narrator is involved in the acion
Third Person Limited narrator is not involved in the story and reveals the thoughts of a single character
Third Person Omniscient the narrator, who is not involved in the story , can see into the minds of all the character
Theme the general idea about life that author wants to communicate
Protagonist the main character or most important character in the story
Anatagonist character who opposes the main character
Round Character shows many different traits- faults as well as virtues
Flat Character show only one trait
Dynamic Character develops and grows during the course of the story
Static Character does not change
Created by: Laniya.Sweets