← Elements and Structures of Fiction 2011 Export Options Alphabetize Word-Def Delimiter Tab Comma Custom Def-Word Delimiter New Line Semicolon Custom Data Copy and paste the text below. It is read-only. Select All Theme a message that the author is trying to communicate to the reader about people, about being human, about how people teach each other, or about basic human needs. Characterization techniques an author uses to show the reader a character's personality, history, values, physical attributes, etc. Antagonist a character who works against the main character/hero. Protagonist The main character in a story. Dynamic Character a character who changes because of what happens to him or her. Static Character a character who stays the same throughout the whole story, who doesn't learn or grow. Plot the action or sequence of events in a story; short stories have one plot line, novels have many. Exposition the beginning to a story that provides background information and introduces characters, setting, and conflict. Rising Action events in a story that move the plot forward and build toward the climax; rising action involves conflicts and complications. Climax the turning point in a story. Falling Action action that occurs after the climax; this is when the conflicts are resolved. Resolution where the story comes to a satisfying end; the lesson or resolution is further explained. Point of View the identity of the narrative voice. First Person a character, often the protagonist, tell the story. Third Person no character narrates the story; can be omniscient (all-knowing) or limited to know only one character's thoughts. Setting the time and place where a story occurs; also includes the cultural, emotional, and social environments. Conflict the problem in the story. External Conflict a problem between characters, between a character and nature, or between a character and society. Internal Conflict a problem within the main character.