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TermDefinition
plot storyline: the story or sequence of events in something such as a novel, play, or movie
mood general feeling of group: the way a group of people think and feel about something
setting surroundings: the surroundings or environment in which something exists or takes place
tone way of speaking: the way somebody says something as an indicator of what that person is feeling or thinking
dialogue characters' words: the words spoken by characters in a book, movie, or play, or a section of a work that contains spoken words
flashback earlier event or scene: a scene or event from the past that appears in a narrative out of chronological order, to fill in information or explain something in the present
indirect characterization the process by which the personality of a fictitious character is revealed through the character's speech,actions, appearance, etc.
direct characterization the process by which the personality of a fictitious character is revealed by the use of descriptive adjectives, phrases, or epithets.
theme distinct and unifying idea: a distinct, recurring, and unifying quality or idea
1st person point of view point of view in which an "I" or "we" serves as the narrator of a piece of fiction.
3rd person limited a method of storytelling in which the narrator knows only the thoughts and feelings of a single character.
3rd person omniscient a method of storytelling in which the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of all of the characters.
foreshadowing be warning of: to indicate or suggest something, usually something unpleasant, that is going to happen
dramatic irony situation where character is unaware of something audience knows: a situation, or the irony arising from a situation, in which the audience has a fuller knowledge of what is happening in a drama than a character does
verbal irony irony in which a person says or writes one thing and means another, or uses words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of the literal meaning.
situational irony irony involving a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended, so that the outcome is contrary to what was expected.
climax key moment: the most important or exciting point in something such as an event or a story
resolution / denouement final revelation: a final part of a story or drama in which everything is made clear and no questions or surprises remain
internal conflict psychological struggle within the mind of a literary or dramatic character, the resolution of which creates the plot's suspense: Hamlet's inaction is caused by internal conflict.
external conflict struggle between a literary or dramatic character and an outside force such as nature or another character, which drives the dramatic action of the plot: external conflict between Macbeth and Macduff.
Created by: Mckaileyharrison