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Elements of Fiction

TermDefinition
Plot The sequence of events in a story.
Exposition The background of the story where the characters and setting are introduced.
Rising Action The part of plot where the conflict is introduced.
Climax The turning point of the story. It is often the most exciting part of the story where the protagonist will encounter some kind of change.
Falling Action The part of the story where tension ceases and the story works towards resolution.
Resolution The outcome of the conflict is shown.
Characters Anyone/thing that takes part in the action of the story.
Protagonist The main character of the story.
Antagonist The character that opposes the protagonist.
Conflict The struggle/problem of the story.
Internal Conflict Man vs self. The characters have a struggle with themselves.
External Conflict Man vs Man, Man vs Nature, Man vs Society. The characters struggle with an outside force.
Theme The universal message of the story. Themes can be applied to more than one story as well as out daily life.
Setting The time or place of a story.
Point of view The perspective in which a story is told.
Tone The author's attitude about what they're writing
Mood How the reader feels
Character trait Aspects of a character's behavior; words that describe a character's personality
Foreshadowing When author gives clues about something that is going to happen in a text before it happens
Created by: lhosse