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Literary Terms


Setting Setting The particular time and place in which events occur
Exposition introductory material that gives the background of the story . (setting , characters , Tone)
inciting incident event that set the central conflict into motion
Rising Action *introduces complications *builds suspense *is when the plot "thickens"
Climax *Turing point of the story *moment suspense reaches its peak *results in change for the main character *Can occur at end with falling action
Falling action * occurs after the climax *resolves conflict *ties up loose ends
Resolution * solution/outcome
Conflict internal-struggle that occurs within a character External- character again an outside force such as nature , another person or a physical object
Antagonist *usually the principal character in opposition to the protagonist *can also be a force of nature/society
Protagonist *the central character or hero in a narrative or Drama-usually the one with whom the audience tends to identify .
Flat Character characters who are described simply or underdeveloped
Round Character a character whose personality, background , motives , and other features are fully described by the author
Dynamic Character a character who undergoes major changes as the plot unfolds.
Static Character a character who remains the same as the plot unfolds.
Point of View(1) First person point of view is a point of view in which an "I" or "we" serves as the narrator of a piece of fiction.
Point of view (limited) the narrative is related within the limits of what is experienced, thought and felt by a single character who is part of the story he or she relates.
Point of View (Omniscient) A narrator who knows everything about all the characters is all knowing,
Conflict (External 1 )
Conflict ( External 2 )
Conflict ( External 3 )
Conflict (Internal) psychological struggle within the mind of a literary or dramatic character, the resolution of which creates the plot's suspense:
Created by: ElenaAcosta