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Lierary Elements

Essential Literary Elements for Review

TermDefinition
symbolism Using something to represent a different concept or meaning
Internal conflict A problem or a choice the protagonist faces within themselves
External conflict A problem the protagonist faces that's outside of their control
theme The overall message about life the author is trying to convey
mood The atmosphere of the story; how the reader feels
Author's purpose Why the author is writing the story; Ex: to inform/persuade
metaphor A comparison between two things that does not use "like" or "as"
simile A comparison between two things that uses "like" or "as"
tone The Author's attitude towards the subject
plot The events of the story
climax The most intense par of the story, where the protagonist comes face-to-face with their conflict
Situational irony When the opposite of what is expected to happen actually happens
Dramatic irony When the audience has more information about the events in a story than the characters do
setting When and where a story takes place
exposition An introduction to the conflict, character, and setting
narrator The person telling the story. Can be different from the author
First person point of view Told from the narrator's perspective
Third person omniscient point of view Told from a perspective of someone who is outside the story. This person is all-knowing and has insight into characters' thoughts and feelings
Third person limited point of view Told from a perspective of someone who is outside the story. This person only knows the thoughts and feelings of a few of the characters
protagonist The main character of the story
antagonist The person who causes problems for the protagonist
resolution How the story ends
Created by: amulli