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Short Story Unit

TermDefinition
Character trait A quality of a character’s personality, such as cheerfulness or bravery
Dynamic character A character who makes a change by the end of the story
Static character A character that remains the same throughout the story
Protagonist The main character in a story (the character who experiences the conflict)
Antagonist The character (or thing) that causes conflict in a story
Motive The reason why a character acts or reacts in a certain way
Conflict The problem or struggle between two or more forces in a story
External conflict Conflict that comes from an outside force such as another character, nature, etc.
Internal conflict A mental or emotional struggle that occurs within a character
Simile A comparison that uses ‘like’ or ‘as’
Metaphor A comparison that does not use ‘like’ or ‘as’; calls one thing something else
Personification Giving human characteristics to nonhuman things
Hyperbole An author’s use of exaggeration or overstatement for emphasis
Theme The message about life or human nature that is conveyed in a literary work
Author’s Purpose The author’s reason for creating a particular work; Example: to entertain, inform, express an opinion, or persuade
Foreshadowing The writer’s use of hints that suggest future events in a story
Figurative Language Fresh, original language which helps readers picture ordinary things in new ways.
Created by: theEngagerSmith