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Literary terms,

literary terms, elements & conventions

substance that allows us to connect with, relate to, and identify with literary works Theme
author's attitude toward the subject about what he or she is writing Tone
attitude created by the author toward the subject or the prevailing emotions of a work as revealed through setting, imagery,character, events or other elements Mood
action Plot
a secondary plot to the main plot of the story subplot
where events to come are hinted at to build tension in the story foreshadowing
a struggle between forces conflict
term used to describe a situation where characters involved in a conflict engage an audience's attention & emotions dramatic situation
used to describe a development of conflict comprising the rising action complication
feeling of anxiety, excitement and anticipation audiences or readers feel that keeps them engaged & interested in a performance or literary work suspense
point in the narrative where the charater is forced to make some kind of decision crisis
moment when a character advances from a stage of ignorance to an advanced stage of knowledge & recognizes something previously unrecognized recognition
variety of techniques & stratagies used to create characters of various types characterization
Created by: busymomof2