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literary terms

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TermDefinition
short story brief work of fiction
characters people or animals who take part in action
characterization a writer uses what the character does or says
taits a character's qualities, attitudes and values.
motives the reasons for a characters actions
setting the time and place of the story's action
mood the story's atmosphere
plot a sequence of events in the story
conflict struggle between opposing forces
internal conflict takes place in the mind of a character
external conflict takes place between a character and an outside force
theme the message of the story
plot structure the way in which story events are organized
exposition introduces the character and their situation
inciting event reveals the central conflict in the story
rising action leading to the climax
climax the point of the greatest intensity in a story
falling action sets up story's ending
resolution shows how the conflict is resolved
POV the representative from which a story is told
first person POV uses pronoun such as I, me and my
third person POV tells story from the perspective of a narrator outside of the story
third person omniscient narrator knows everything
limited third person reveals thoughts and feelings of a single character
chronological order chain of events in the story
flashback shows events from before the present of the story
dialogue characters words are uttered
direct characterization narrator makes a direct statement
indirect characterization writer shows what characters like by providing details
Created by: ipugh14
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