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short story terms127

literary terms definitions

QuestionAnswer
setting where a story takes place
mood atmospherethe mood of the story is usually determined by the setting
theme the lesson or message of the story
conflict a problem without a confict there is no story
internal conflict a struggle within ones self
person vs. self a person must make a decision
external self a struggle with ones outside force
man vs man a problem between two people or two groups of people
man vs fate a person who has a problem with facing his or her destiny
man vs society one person in conflict with a group
man vs nature a person in conflict with or struggling agianst any force of nature
plot sequence of events
exposition all background information is given setting and main character
narrative hook the problem and main character is revealed
rising action all of the events leading to the climax
climax most execting part of the story turning part protoganist must make a decision
falling action all the events leading to the conclusion
conclusion the end
narrator person who tells the story
tone authors attitude towards the story
point of view how story told the relationship between the narrator and reader
1st person the narrator is a part of the story and uses I Me My Our Us
3rd limited tells the story throught the eyes of one character HE He's They Them
3rd omniscient tells the story throught the eyes of many characters He She They Them
characters people or animals in a story
major main or most important character
protagonist the character of the story is mostly about the good guy
antagonist the character who causes problems for the protagonist bad guy
minor the supporting or extra characters
dynamic is a character whose thoughts attitude belief doesnt change in a story
static is a charater whose thoughts attitude beliefs
Created by: William Cox