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Literary Terms

Mrs. French's Block 5 Class

TermDefinition
short story a fictional narrative that usually takes up about ten to twenty book pages
setting the time and place of a story, play, or narrative poem
protagonist the main character in a work of literature
antagonist a character opposing the protagonist
plot the series of related events that make up a story
inference a conclusion that can be drawn from hints, clues, or other information
fiction a prose account that is basically made-up rather than factually true
internal conflict The type of conflict that takes place within the character's own mind
external conflict The type of conflict where the character struggles with an outside force.
climax the most exciting moment in a story
dynamic character A character who changes as a result of the story's events
static character a character who does not change much in a story
situational irony when what happens is the opposite of what we expected to happen a contrast between expectation and reality the most often referenced type of irony
verbal irony what we say is the opposite of what we mean can be sarcasm when paired with attitude
dramatic irony we (reader or audience) knows something a character doesn’t know
foreshadowing the use of clues or hints suggesting events that will occur later in the plot
suspense the uncertainty or anxiety a reader feels about what will happen later in the story
idiom a use of words peculiar to a given language; an expression that cannot be translated literally.
flashback interruption in the present action of a plot to flash backward and tell what happened at an earlier time.
Created by: mbyrne203