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Story Element Terms

TermDefinition
climax the turning point of a story where the main character makes a big decision; the most suspenseful part
tone the attitude or style used by the author in writing
antagonist the person in a story who causes the conflict
3rd person limited POV the narrator is outside of the story, but focuses only on thoughts and actions of a single character
rising action events that involve complications for the protagonist; suspense builds here as protagonist struggles
plot a series of related events that make up a story
setting the time and place of a story
external conflict a protagonist struggles with an outside force (man, nature, technology, supernatural, society)
resolution the outcome of the conflict; loose ends of the story are tied up here
1st person POV the narrator is a character in the story
mood the feeling the reader gets from a piece of writing
falling action events that happen as a result of the climax
protagonist the main character who is faced with a conflict
internal conflict protagonist struggles with feelings within his/her own mind
exposition the beginning of a book; characters and setting are introduced or exposed here and background information is given.
3rd person omniscient POV the narrator is outside of the story and knows the thoughts, feelings, and actions of all characters
Created by: adasinger