English Literary Terms and Elements

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Plot

Sequence of events in a literary work.

Conflict

A Problem or struggle.

Internal Conflict

Character struggles with a problem with him or herself (in mind). Usually involves making a decision.

External Conflict

Character struggles with any outside force.

Exposition

Establishes setting, identifies characters, introduces basic situation or problem (conflict)

Rising Action

All action that occurs before the climax.

Climax

The turning point, or point of highest intensity and or suspense.

Falling Action

All action that occurs after the climax.

Resolution

Brings the story to an end, resolves the conflict.

Flat Character

One sided often stereo-typical.

Round Character

Fully developed and exhibits many traits often both faults and virtues.

Dynamic Character

One who changes or grows throughout the work.

Static Character

One who does not change in the work.

Direct Characterization

A writer states characteristics and traits.

Indirect Characterization

A writer depends on the reader to draw conclusions about the characters traits, sometimes the writer tell what the other participants in the story say and think about the character.

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