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Literary terms definitions

Setting Where a story takes place
Mood Atmosphere,determined by the setting
Theme Lesson or message of the story. Controls ideas or central insight
Conflict Problem
Internal Conflict A struggle within one's self
Internal Conflict:Person vs. Self A character must make a difficult decision
External Conflict A struggle within the outside force
External Conflict: Man vs. Man A problem between two people or two groups
External Conflict: Man vs. Fate A person who has a problem facing his/her destiny
External Conflict: Man vs. Society One person in conflict with a group
External Conflict: Man vs. Nature A person in conflict or struggling against any force of nature
Plot Sequence of events
Plot: Exposition All background information is given~setting and main characters are given
Plot: Narrative Hook Problem/main conflict is revealed
Plot: Rising Action All the events leading to the climax
Climax Most exciting part of the story, the turning point
Plot: Falling Action All the events leading to the Conclusion of the story
Plot: Conclusion the End
Narrator The "person" telling the story
Narrator: Tone Narrators/ Authors Attitude Towards the Story
Point of view How the story is told
Point of View: 1st person view The narrator is apart of the story and uses words "I, me,my, ours, us".
Point of view: 3rd limited The N is not part the story and tells the story with "he, she, they,them".
Point of View: 3rd omniscient The N is apart of the story and tells the story though main/ characters, he uses "he,she,they,and them".
Characters People or animals in a short story
Characters: Major Main/ Most important characters
Characters: Major(Protagonist) The character the story is mostly about(Good Guy)
Characters: Major(Antagonist) The character who causes problems(Bad Guy)
Characters: Minor The supporting or extra characters
Characters: Dynamic Character Whose thoughts, attitudes, beliefs change in a story
Character: Static Character Whose thoughts, attitudes< and beliefs do not change in a story
Flat Character who has only one limited personality trait
Round Character who has many personality traits
Indirect Characterization The personality of a character is revealed through the character's thoughts, comments, and actions.
Direct Characterization The narrator or other characters in the story TELL the reader about the personality of the reader.
Symbol Something that stands for or represents something else.
Irony The difference between appearance and reality
Foreshadowing Hints about what will happen later in the story
Suspense The quality is a story that keeps you interested.
Created by: tyquanlawson



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