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Narrative Terms

MUST KNOW narrative terms for 8th grade LA

plot The events that make up a narrative. Includes exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution as well as conflicts.
setting The time and place of a narrative.
character people and/or objects that have action in the narrative.
static characters Characters who do not evolve or change.
dynamic characters Characters who evolve or change throughout the narrative.
protagonist The main character
anatagonist The opposing force to the protagonist.
Point of view The perspective the narrative is told from.
1st person point of view The narrator is a character in the story and it is told from his/her eyes.
3rd person limited point of view The narrator is not a character in the story and he/she tells us the thoughts and feelings of one character.
3rd person omniscient point of view The narrator is not a character in the story and he/she tells us the thoughts and feelings of many characters.
exposition The beginning of a typical narrative that introduces setting, characters, and the conflict.
rising action the narrative events leading up to the climax
climax The turning point in a narrative.
falling action The events following the climax and leading to the resolution.
resolution Usually concludes a narrative and provides a solution to the conflict.
theme The author's message to the reader.
conflict The problem in the narrative
internal conflict Character vs. themself (decisions or choices the character must make for themselves)
external conflict character vs. other charactercharacter vs. naturecharacter vs. fatecharacter vs. society
subplots side stories that add to the main plot of the narrative
parallel episodes 1)similar events that repeat throughout the narrative2) two events happening at the same time in a narrative
Created by: bethn