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Literature Unit 1

TermDefinition
Genre a category in which a work of literature is classified
Inference a logical guess that is based on facts and one's own knowledge and experience
Setting the time and place of the action
Conflict a struggle between opposing forces
Internal Conflict a conflict that occurs within a character
External Conflict a conflict that involves a character who struggles against a force outside him
Point of view the method of narration used in a short story, novel, narrative poem, and works of nonfiction
1st Person Point of view the narrator is a character in the story
3rd Person Limited the narrator tells what only one person thinks, feels, and observes
3rd Person Omniscient the narrator sees into the minds of all characters
Irony a special kind of contrast between appearance and reality
Plot the events in a story
Exposition 1st stage of a typical story plot
Rising Action the stage during the plot that develops the conflict or struggle
Climax the stage in the plot that is the point of great interest in a story or play
Falling Action the stage of the plot in which the story begins to draw to a close
Resolution the problem is worked out and the story comes to a close
Character the people, animals, or imaginary creatures who take part in the story or play
Characterization the way a writer creates and develops characters
Character Traits the qualities shown by a character
Stereotype characters who are identifies by a single trait
Mood the feeling or atmosphere that a writer created for the reader
Foreshadowing a writer provides a hint that suggests future events in a story
Suspense a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen
Narrator the voice that tells the story
Unreliable Narrator one who tells a story or interprets events in a way that makes readers doubt what he/she is saying
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