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A brief work of fiction
is literature in the form of prose, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people
Characters, setting, plot, conflict, point of view, theme
6 elements of a short story
the leading character or one of the major characters in a drama, movie, novel. or other fictional story
a person who actively opposes or is hostile to someone or something; an adversary
a character that does not change throughout the course of the narrative. a character that does not go through a transformation or learn and important life lesson
a character that changes throughout the course of narrative. a character that experiences a transformation and/or learns a valuable life lesson
a character that displays multiple character traits. a complex character. a character the audience know a lot about, a relative character
a character that is 2-dimensional and is relatively uncomplicated. is usually a side-kick. oftentimes included in fiction as comedic relief
is the time and place which a story is set
the events that take to make up a storyline
Introduces the background and the setting of the story
the spark of fire.
a related series of incidents in a literary plot that builds tension
Main character comes face to face with the conflict. main character as a result changes in some way
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