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Short Story Terms

literaly terms definitions

Settings where a story takes place
mood atmosphere the mood of the story is usually determine by setting
theme lesson or message of a story. is the controlling idea or content in sight is the authors underlying meaning or main idea.
conflict a problem without a conflict no story
internal conflict a struggle with one self; a person must make a decision
person vs. self a character must make a decision
external conflict a struggle with a out side force
person vs. person a problem between two people or two groups of people
person vs. fate person has a problem facing his/her density
person vs society one person in a conflict with a group
person vs. nature person in conflict with or struggling against any force of nature
plot sequence of events
exposition background information is given setting and a main character
narrative hook problem/ main conflict is reveled
rising action all of the events leading to the climax
climax most exciting part of the story; the turning point; the antagonist make decisions
falling action all of the events leading to the conclusion or end of the story
conclusion the end
narrator telling the story. Not always the author or the person who wrote the story
tone narrator/author attitude toward the story
point of view how a story is told. relationship between narrator and story
1st person uses i,me,our,my,us
3rd limited uses he,she,they, them
3rd omniscient talking about the past,present, future
characters people or animals in a short story
major main/most important character
protagonist the character of the story mostly about good guy
antagonist the character that causes problems bad guy
minor the supporting or extra character
dynamic character character whose attitudes beliefs,CHANGE a story
static character do NOT change attitudes, beliefs, in a story
flat character is a character who was only on limit personality trait
round character who was many personality traits
indirect characterization personality of a character is revealed through the characters thoughts,comments,action
direct characterization tell the reader about the personality of the character
symbol something that stands for a represent something else
irony difference between appearance and reality. when what is expected to happen in the opposite of what does happen
foreshadowing hints about will happen later in a story
suspense quality in a story that keeps you interested
Created by: makenziereeves



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