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Literary Terms

ESL Grade 7

plot a sequence of connected events in a fictional story; has characters and a main problem or conflict
conflict a struggle between opposing forces; it causes the action of most stories, novels, and plays
character a person or animal that takes part in the action
setting the time and place of action
characterization the creation and development of a character in a story
alliteration the poetic use of two or more words that begin with the same sound
point of view the perspective from which a story is told
mood the feeling that a literary work or passage created
personification giving human qualities to animals or things
theme the central and dominating idea in a literary work
genre a type of literature such as poetrty, prose (fiction and nonfiction) and drama (plays)
flashback an interruption in the events in a story to tell about something that happened in the past
Created by: mnash