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Literary Term Review

A stack of terms on our first formative.

Characterization The art of creating and developing characters.
Speaker Another name for narrator.
Direct Characterization The writer tells you exactly what the character is like. For example, the writer might say that the character is “young” or “giving.”
Indirect Characterization The writer reveals what a character is like by describing his or her appearance, words, and actions and by noting what others say about him or her.
Round Character A character that is complex and multifaceted, like a real person.
Flat Character A character who is one-dimensional.
Dynamic Character Character—Experiences a change in attitude or behavior during the course of the story.
Character Motivation The reasons for his or her actions. Motives are usually related to what a character wants, needs, or feels. Several powerful motives include anger, hope, and fear.
Epiphany A moment when a character has a flash of insight or an “aha” or “light bulb!” moment. This realization may indicate a turning point of the story. . Moving towards resolution.
Point of View (POV) The perspective from which a story is narrated.
First Person POV When the narrator is a key character in the story.
Third Person Limited POV When the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of one (typically the main) character.
Third Person Omniscient POV When the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of all the characters.
Plot Parts Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution
Setting The time and place that a story takes place
Internal Conflict (Man vs. Self) The trouble or conflict lies within the character.
External Conflict Any struggles or troubles a character experiences with anyone or anything outside himself/ herself
Man vs. Man Two or more characters are in a disagreement or struggle. (not necessarily men!)
Man vs. Society A character struggles against or fights ideals of the community.
Man vs. Nature A character experiences struggle or problem with natural forces or disasters.
Man vs. Fate occurs when a character is compelled to follow an unknown destiny. Man versus fate conflict breeds internal conflict, while forcing a character to consciously, or subconsciously, act on his or her fate.
Foreshadowing Giving subtle clues or hints about upcoming events.
Flashback A moment in a story when a scene taking place before the present is inserted into the chronological structure.
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