Vocab for Plot

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44 terms · Vocabulary words relating to the plot of a story.

Plot

sequence of events in a story

exposition

introduces setting, characters, and basic situation

conflict

struggle between opposing forces

external conflict

outside force; may be between two characters caused by a difference in ideas or personalities; man vs. nature

rising action

introduces and develops the conflict

suspense

feeling of anxious uncertainty about the outcome of events in a literary work; keeps the reader interested

climax

high point of interest or purpose

falling action

end of central conflict

resolution

event occurring during the falling action; conflict solved

antagonist

character or force in conflict with a main character

atmosphere

feeling created in the reader by a literary work

character

person or animal that takes part in the action of a literary work

main/ major character

most important character

minor character

lesser role in the story but helps develop the main character

flat character

one sided and stereotypical

round character

fully developed and has many traits

dynamic character

one who changes or grows during a story

static character

one who does not change

characterization

process by which authors create memorable characters

direct characterization

author tells about the character

indirect characterization

the character is revealed through their personality, appearance, words, actions, and effect on others

internal conflict

in the mind of the character; man vs. self

description

portrait of a person, place, or object

dialect

form of language spoken by people in a certain region or group

dialogue

conversation between characters

flashback

scene within a story showing past events during a present scene

foreshadowing

author's hinting about future events in the story

hero/heroine

character whose actions are inspiring or noble

irony

a suprising, interesting, or amusing contradictions or problems

hubris

excessive pride usually causing the downfall of characters

verbal irony

words used to suggest the opposite of their usual meanings

dramatic irony

a contradiction between what a character thinks and what the reader or audience knows to be true

irony of situation

event that contradicts the expectations of the characters, the reader, or the audience

mood

feeling created in the reader by a literary work

narrator

speaker who tells a story

point of view

perspective from which story is told

protagonist

main character

setting

time and place of the story or action

short story

brief work of fiction

symbol

anything that represents something else

theme

central message, concern, or purpose;"insight into life"; gift of meaning that the author gives you; underlying mesage

tone

writer's attitude toward reader or subject

historical setting

places and events from history through the eyes of a fictional character

motives

reasons behind a character's actions

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