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Unit 1 Literary Term

Short Story A brief work of fiction intended to be read in a single setting
Characters People or the animals who take a part in the action
Traits A character's qualities, attitudes, and values
Characterization A writer's uses what the character does or says to reveal personality
Motives The reasons for a characters actions
Mood The story's atmosphere
Plot A sequence of events in the story
Conflict Struggle between opposing forces in the story
Internal Conflict Takes place in the mind of a character
External Conflict Takes place between a character and a outside force, such as nature
Theme The message of the story or an insight about life
Plot Structure The way in which the story events are organized for dramatic effect
Exposition Introduces the characters and their situation
Setting The time and place of the story's actions
Inciting Event Often included in the exposition, reveals the central conflict of a story
Rising Action Leading to the climax
Climax The point of greatest intensity in a story, the turning point where its outcome is determined
Falling Action Sets up the story's ending
Resolution Shows how the conflict is settled
Point of View The perspective from which a story is told
First Person Point of View Presents the story from the perspective of a character, uses pronouns I, me, and my
Third Person Point of View Tells the story from the perspective of a narrator outside the story
Omniscient Third Person Narrator knows everything, reveals what each character thinks/feels
Limited Third Person Narrator reveals the thought and feelings of a single character
Chronological Order Shows the chain of events in story as it unfolds
Flashback Shows events before the present of the story
Dialogue Presentation of characters words as uttered
Direct Characterization The narrator makes direct statement about a characters personality
Indirect Characterization Writer shows what characters are like by providing details about what the characters say and do, what other characters say about them, and how characters respond to them
Created by: RMetz
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