Elements of Fiction Vocabulary

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dramatic situation

the protagonist is involved in a conflict

exposition

sets the scene, introduces the main character, provides background information

complication

a new conflict

protagonist

the central character

antagonist

opposes the protagonist

foreshadowing

hints of what's to come

crisis

moment of high tension

climax

the moment of greatest tension

denouement

conclusion

in medias res

beginning in the middle of things

flashback

a scene re-lived

epiphany

a moment of insight

story of initiation

a character experiencing a moment of maturity

1st person

a narrator tells the story - it can be a major character or a minor character

3rd person

all-knowing; seeing into all the characters; omniscient; seeing into one major character; seeing into one minor character; objective (not seeing into any characters)

stream of consciousness

a procession of thoughts passing through the mind

motivation

why a character does what he or she does

setting

time and place

tone

the author's attitude towards his subject

diction

word choice

irony

the speaker's meaning if far from the usual meaning of the words

style

diction, sentence style, coice (formal or casual, distant or intimate, passionate or restrained), amount of irony

theme

whatever idea or insight the entire story reveals

symbol

something that means more than itself

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