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Allusion reference to someone or something that is known from history.
Antagonist opponent who blocks the hero
Static Character is one who does not change much in the course of a story
dynamic character one that changes in some important way as a result of the the story's action
round characters has more dimensions to their personalities
Comedy In general, a story that ends with a happy resolution of the conflicts faced by the main character or characters. In general, a story that ends with a happy resolution of the conflicts faced by the main character or characters.
External Conflict Conflicts can exist between two people, between a person and nature, or a machine or between a person and a whole society.
Internal Conflict A conflict can be internal, involving opposing forces within a person's mind
Foil A character who acts as contrast to another character. Often a funny sidekick to the dashing hero, or a villain contrasting the hero.
Irony A discrepancy between appearances and reality.
Situational Irony Takes place when there is a discrepancy between what is expected to happen, or what would be appropriate to happen, and what really does happen.
Verbal Irony (Occurs when someone says one thing but really means another.
Dramatic Irony So called because it is often used on stage. A character in the play or story thinks one thing is true, but the audience or reader knows better.
Protagonist The central character in a story, the one who initiates or drives the action.
Tragedy In general, a story in which a heroic character either dies or comes to some other unhappy end.
Comedy In general, a story that ends with a happy resolution of the conflicts faced by the main character or characters.
Suspense A feeling of uncertainty and curiosity about what will happen next in a story.
Created by: hammondmk