Literary Terms

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Character

A person or animal in a story, a play, or another literary work

Antagonist

Secondary character sometimes in conflict with the protagonist

Protagonist

Main character

Plot

The series of related events that make up a story / what happense in a story

Climax

The point in a story that creates the greatest suspense or interest

Plot twist

An unexpected development or turn of events

Setting

The time and place of story, play or narrative poem

Theme

A main idea a work of literature; an idea or message that the writer wishes to convey on the subject

Point of view

The vantage point from which a story is told

First person narrator

The story is told by one of the characters as he experienced it--pronoun "I" is used

Omniscient narrator

The narrator knows all in the story telling what he wishes

Resolution

The final part of the story in which the confilct is resolved and the story is brought to a close

Conflict

A struggle between opposing characters or opposing forces which may be an external conflict or internal conflict

Foreshadowing

The use of hints and clues suggesting events that will occur later in the plot

Irony

Contrast between expectation and reality; can be tragic, moving or funny; 3 types: verbal, dramatic, situational

Flashback

Interruption in the present action of a plot to show events that happened at an eariler time

Mood

The overall atmosphere or feeling of a work of literature such as happy, scary, or sad

Tone

The attitude a writer takes toward his / her subject, characters, and audience; a writer's tone might be humorous, sincere, or sarcastic

Symbol

A person, place, or thing that has meaning in itself and stands for something beyond itself

Objective

Type of narrator who tells what happens in the story without adding his / her attitudes or emotions

Subjective

Type of narrator who tells what happens in the story, including his own attitudes and emotions

Limited

Type of 3rd person narrator where the narrator focuses on the thoughts and feelings of only one character

Flat

Type of character that is only briefly presented in a story and the reader learns very little about the character

Round

Type of character which is fully developed within the story through description and action

Dynamic

Type of character that changes as a result of the story's events

Static

Type of character that does not change much in the course of a story's events

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