Short Story/ Novel Terms
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A contrast between what is said and meant (verbal irony) or between what a reader expects to happen and what actually happens (situational irony)
The character around whom the action revolves
The character who struggles or fights against the protagonist.
Thew feelings and emotions of the author as they comes through in the writing and the feelings that the writing produces in the reader
A piece of writing that tells a story
The overall feeling that surrounds a text like a blanket. The mood created by the writer's use of setting and character and plot.
The intended readers/ viewers of a text which plays an important part in determining what is said and how it is said.
A narrative about or from the person writing it. A story one writes about their own life, told in first person.
An account of the life of an individual other than the writer. A story about a person's life written by another person.
The way an author creates characters. The method the writer uses to communicate information about a character to the reader.
A brief description of a character using support and evidence to show the character's attitudes, feelings, thoughts, and personality.
A personality quality, how a character behaves.
A story that ends before the conflict is resolved.
The turning point of the plot. The moment of greatest action when the action reaches it's highest point . It is the moment at which the conflict is resolved.
The twists and turns of a plot from the beginning to the climax. Any obstacle that increases the tension in the story conflict.
The struggle between opposing forces. The main problem faced by characters in the story.
A character struggling with a decision or his/her own feelings.
Character versus character.
A character struggling with the outside world.
Choice or selection of words.
The local form of a language.
The actual words that the characters speak. this is used to portray character and dramatize conflict.
The introduction of information necessary to understand the situation at the beginning of a story.
Takes the reader through more ups and downs as the problem is attacked.
Prose in which the the characters and events are imaginary.
First Person Point of View
The narrator is "I", one of the characters in the story.
An episode in a story that recalls to an earlier time.
The main area of interest.
Hints about what is to come in a story.
A type of text or literary form. The kind of writing.
A character with lots of personality traits. Their appearance, background, feelings and thoughts are all described in detail.
A character that undergoes a change in the story.
A simple character. Not very well described, not lots of personality traits.
A character that does not undergo a change in the story. they remain the same.
Any piece of prose writing that is not based on the imaginary.
A story published as a separate book. The main difference between a short story and a novel is that a novel revolves around many incidents in a character's life.
Omniscient Point of View
The narrator is all knowing and describes the emotions and feelings of all the characters but is not a character in the story themselves.
The storyline. A series of actions that make up the story.
Point of View
The perspective from which events are seen, a story is told or an argument is made.
An introduction to a piece of literature that sets the scene for what is to follow. An introductory chapter (before the story) that gives us information on what is to come.
The reason for the creation of a text.
The part of a story after the climax that pulls together the loose threads of the story. The conclusion.
The part of the story in which suspense is created and tension rises.
Time, place and circumstances that the story or event takes place.
Prose fiction that usually revolves around a single incident in a character's life.
A fixed idea where all members of a group are made out to be the same without room for individual differences.
Rewrite the main points in your own words.
An ending where an event is both the climax and the resolution.
A feeling of excitement and curiosity created by the writing.
The main idea, moral, or message of a text. The universal message that the author wishes to communicate by telling the story.
Third Person Limited Point of View
The narrator tells the story as he, she, or they in the story.
The way a writer's choice of words reveals his or her attitude towards the subject, character and, reader.