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Short Story Terms

Elements of Short Stories

TermDefinition
The main idea or message of the story. Theme
The opposing force(s) between the protagonist and antagonist Conflict
The main character in the story. Protagonist
Something that stands for or represents something else. Symbolism
The author tells the reader directly what he/she wants the reader to know about the character. Direct Characterization
Story told from the "I" point of view First person
The force that opposes the main character. Antagonist
To chart a course Plot
Background information Exposition
Plot in the story that builds to the climax Rising Action
The high point of the story when the conflict is resolved Climax
Set of actions bringing the story to an end Falling Action
"Wrap up" of the story plot Resolution
Stereotype Flat Character
Come across as real people Round Character
The author's attitude toward the subject of his/her writing Tone
Story told from the "he/she/they" point of view Third person
Position from which the story is told to the reader Point of View
The reader makes inferences about the character through actions, thoughts, and speech of the character. Indirect Characterization
The time and place f the story Setting
Created by: mackky