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ENGLISH - Lit terms

FORESHADOWING author drops a hint of something that will happen later in the story. Implanting of important clues to lead the reader to certain decisions about events to occur
FLASHBACK Quick review of facts of past events
THEME The central message that the story is trying to get across; usually contains some universal truth about human life (e.g. fables).
STEREOTYPE an undeveloped or one-sided character who always sands for the same truth about human life.
PROTAGONIST The main character or hero who is in conflict.
ANTAGONIST The character or 'force' that acts against the main character it can be a person, animal, machine, ect.
MAIN CONFLICT The struggle or confrontation between the protagonist and the antagonist in the story. the conflict can be man vs. man, man vs. himself, or man vs. environment.
DIALOGUE Words that are actually spoken by the characters in the story. It creates a natural, realistic, situation, reveals dialect, social status, and character type.
CONTRAST The pointing out of differences, usually between characters.
ANTICLIMAX Occurs if the point at which we know how the story will end ( climax) is a let-down to what was expected.
MOOD The feeling with which we react to something in the story ( e.g. dark, gloomy, light-hearted, happy ).
DESCRIPTION Helps the imagination to see more clearly the settings, characters, and mood.
TONE The evidence of the writer's attitude which is reveals in the choice of words, figures of speech, and so on.
IRONY A hint of sarcasm, a slight twist of what was expected.
SUSPENSE The anxious uncertainty as th reader is not sure what will happen next. Suspense is created buy foreshadowing or making anticipatory statements that hint at impending excitement or by withholding explanations for as long as possible.
NARRATOR The person telling the story. The narrator can be a character in the story, the author, or an uninvolved witness to the incident.
SETTING The time and place of a story. The setting can be both general and specific.
PLOT A series of interwoven events that make up the story. The plot includes an introduction, generating circumstances, rising action, climax and denouement.
INTRODUCTION Words at the beginning of a story that arouse the reader's interest and introduce the main characters.
RISING ACTION A series or steps that develop the clues and actions hinted at the introduction.
CLIMAX The point at which we know how the story will end. The main conflict and suspense are resolved there.
DENOUEMENT Immediate solution of the climax which ties up loose ends (usually used in mysteries).
CONCLUSION Ties up the loose ends of the plots, and provides and provides closure to the story. Follows the climax and provides explanations of details that couldn't be explained before the climax or the suspense would be ruined.
PLOT GRAPH Introduction-Rising Action-climax-Denouement-Conclusion
POINT OF VIEW Refers to who tells the story. (e.g. first person, third person)
Created by: bracefaces



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