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Literary Elements

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Literary ElementMeaning
protagonist the main character, or the one most central to the action of the story
antagonist the person, thing, or force that works against the protagonist, or main character, of a work
author's purpose reason for creating a work
style the way the author uses words, phrases, and sentences to express his ideas
mood the feeling that a literary work gives to readers
plot the action or sequence of events in a story-exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution
conflict the problem that triggers the action
point of view vantage point from which a story is told--first-person or third-person
setting time and place in which the action of a literary work occurs
theme the statement about life that the author wants to convey to the reader
character a person, animal, or imaginary creature that takes part in the action of a story
static character stays the same throughout the story
dynamic character changes from the beginning to the end of a story
characterization techniques an author uses to develop the personallity of a character in a literary work-appearance, personality, speech, behavior, thoughts, feelings, and interactions with other characters
dialogue words spoken by characters in a literary work
dialect a form or language that is spoken in a particular place or by a particular group of people
genre category of type of literature
symbol a person, place, thing, or event used to represent somethng else
first-person point of view told by a one of the characters
third-person point of view told by a narrator who stands outside the story and observes the events as they unfold
Created by: fjrjohnson