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Jesko Lit Terms

41 literary terms

TermDefinition
FLASHBACK AN INTERRUPTION OF THE ACTION TO PRESENT A SCENE THAT TOOK PLACE AT AN EARLIER TIME
BIOGRAPHY THE TRUE STORY OF A PERSON'S LIFE WRITTEN BY ANOTHER PERSON
CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER THE ORDER IN WHICH EVENTS HAPPEN IN TIME
ROUND CHARACTER A CHARACTER IN WHICH MUCH DETAIL IS GIVEN IN A STORY
MOOD A FEELING THAT A LITERARY WORK CONVEYS
NARRATOR THE TELLER OF A STORY
CLIMAX THE HIGHEST POINT OF INTEREST IN A STORY
ANTAGONIST THE CHARACTER THAT OPPOSES THE MAIN CHARACTER
SUSPENSE A FEELING OF UNCERTAINTY OF WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT
DRAMA A GENRE OF LITERATURE PERFORMED FOR AN AUDIENCE
SETTING WHERE AND WHEN A STORY TAKES PLACE
CHARACTERS PEOPLE, ANIMALS, OR PERSONIFIED OBJECTS THAT PLAY A ROLE IN A STORY
THEME THE LIFE LESSON A STORY TEACHES
FIRST PERSON THE NARRATOR IS A CHARACTER IN THE STORY: I, ME, WE, US
EXTERNAL CONFLICT A STRUGGLE WITH ANOTHER CHARACTER OR OUTSIDE FORCE
CHARACTER TRAITS HOW A CHARACTER LOOKS, ACTS, OR FEELS
IRONY A SHARP CONTRAST BETWEEN WHAT IS EXPECTED TO HAPPEN AND WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS
FICTION TELLS AN IMAGINARY STORY
RISING ACTIONS EVENTS THAT LEAD UP TO THE CLIMAX OF A STORY
FLAT CHARACTER A CHARACTER IN WHICH VERY LITTLE DETAIL IS GIVEN IN THE STORY
FORESHADOWING HINTS AT EVENTS THAT WILL TAKE PLACE LATER IN THE STORY
SHORT STORY A BRIEF WORK OF FICTION THAT CAN BE READ IN ONE SETTING
PLOT WHAT HAPPENS IN THE STORY, THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
PROTAGONIST THE MAIN CHARACTER IN THE STORY
PREDICTING USING WHAT YOU KNOW TO GUESS AT WHAT MAY HAPPEN
NONFICTION A TYPE OF WRITING THAT TELLS ABOUT REAL PEOPLE, PLACES AND EVENTS
EXPOSITION THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY WHERE THE SETTING AND CHARACTERS ARE INTRODUCED
DYNAMIC CHARACTER A CHARACTER THAT CHANGES SIGNIFICANTLY IN A STORY
SYMBOL A PERSON, PLACE, OR OBJECT THAT STANDS FOR SOMETHING BEYOND ITSELF
SPEAKER THE TELLER OF A POEM
RESOLUTION THE OUTCOME OF THE CONFLICT WHEN THE PROBLEM IS SOLVED
STATIC CHARACTER A CHARACTER THAT CHANGES LITTLE IF AT ALL IN A STORY.
CAUSE AND EFFECT WHEN ONE EVENT BRINGS ABOUT ANOTHER
AUTOBIOGRAPHY THE TRUE STORY OF A PERSON'S LIFE WRITTEN BY THAT PERSON
CONFLICT A STRUGGLE BETWEEN OPPOSING FORCES
CONTEXT CLUES SOMETHING THAT HELPS A READER INFER A WORDS MEANING SURROUNDING WORDS OR PHRASES
DIALOGUE THE WORDS THAT CHARACTERS SPEAK ALOUD
FALLING ACTIONS THE EVENTS THAT FOLLOW THE CLIMAX TO THE END OF THE STORY
POINT OF VIEW THE PERSPECTIVE FROM WHICH A STORY IS TOLD
INTERNAL CONFLICT A STRUGGLE THAT IS WITHIN A CHARACTER
THIRD PERSON THE NARRATOR IS NOT A CHARACTER IN THE STORY; HE, SHE, THEY
NOVEL A FICTIONAL STORY OF CONSIDERABLE LENGTH
Created by: jeskob