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7th Literary Terms

The basic action of the story from beginning to middle to end; what happens Plot
Steps characters take to resolve the conflict as the story unfolds Complications
A struggle or clash between opposing characters or forces Conflict
A struggle within a character's mind Internal conflict
A struggle between the protagonist and another character, group or any force of nature External conflict
A person, animal or creature that takes part in the action of a story Character
Where and when a story takes place Setting
The most emotional or suspenseful moment of a story Climax
The last part of a story when the conflict is resolved and the story comes to an end Resolution
An idea about life revealed in a work of literature Theme
The emotion created for the reader by the story Mood
The uncertainty or anxiety a reader feels about what may happen next in a story Suspense
Something that has its own meaning but also represents a deeper meaning Symbol
The use of hints or clues to suggest what may happen later in a story Foreshadowing
An interruption in the action of a story to tell what happened at an earlier time Flashback
A reference to a person, place or event from literature, history, mythology, religion, sports, science, or politics; Adds to the depth of a story Allusion
A difference or contrast between expectation and reality; Unexpected opposites Irony
The main character of a work of literature Protagonist
A character or characters opposing the main character Antagonist
The point of view in which a character - the narrator - is telling his or her own story First person point of view
The point of view in which the narrator focuses on the thoughts and feelings of only one character Third person point of view
A point of viewin which the narrator knows everything about all the characters and problems Omniscient point of view
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