Fiction Literary Terms
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A person or animal in a story, a play, or other literary work.
A character that does not change in the course of a work.
A struggle between opposing characters or opposing forces.
The point in a story that creates the greatest suspense or interest. The outcome of a stories main conflict is usually decided here.
A character's struggle within his/her own mind. It is a struggle between opposing needs, desires, emotions, etc.
Figures of Speech
A work or phrase that describes one thing in terms of another and is not meant to be understood as literally true.
A comparison between two unlike things, using a word such as like, as, than, or resembles.
A comparison between two unlike things in which one thing becomes another.
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is spoken of as if it had human feelings.
The series of related events that make up a story.
The part of a plot that gives information about the characters and their problems/conflicts.
A character faced with an outside force which may be another character or society as a whole.
The final point of a story. The conflict is fixed, and the story is brought to a close.
Point of View
The vantage point from which a story is told.
Omniscient Point of View
The narrator knows everything about the characters and their problems. Knows past, present, future.
A character that changes in the course of a work.
Third Person Limited Point of View
The narrator focuses on the thoughts and feelings of only one character. Readers see the story from only one character's view.
The main character in a work of literature.
A character that opposes the main character or protagonist.
The time and place of a story, play, or narrative poem.
A short fictional prose narrative that is usually about ten to twenty book pages long. Typically, they have fewer characters and fewer settings than longer works of fiction or novels.
The uncertainty or anxiety that a reader feels about what will happen next in a story.
A person, place, thing, or event that has meaning in itself and stands for something beyond itself as well.
The way a writer uses language. It results from diction (word choice), sentence structure, and tone.
A main idea in a work of literature. This is an idea or message that a writer wishes to convey about a subject. These are not usually stated directly.
The attitude a writer takes toward his or her subjects
The way a writer reveals the personality of a character.
Interruption in the present action of a plot to to show events that happened at earlier time.
The use of clues or hints to suggest events that will occur later in a plot.
Language that appeals to the senses: hearing, touching, tasting, smelling, and seeing.
The overall atmosphere and feeling of a work of literature.
A work that deliberately copies another work in a comic way.
The act of making an indirect reference to somebody or something.
Humor based on using words to suggest the opposite of their literal meaning.
Deliberate and obvious exaggeration used for effect.
A work in which the characters and events represent other things symbolically.
An expression that contains words with opposite meanings.
The sequence of events in a plot leading up to the climax.
The sequence of events in a plot after the climax leading to the resolution.
The effect of using several words that begin with the same consonants.
The choice of words used in a speech or piece of writing.
Use of words that imitate the sound which they refer to. (i.e. buzz, thud)
An important and sometimes recurring theme or idea in a work of literature.
A work characterized by the use of stereotyped characters and exaggerated emotions and language.
A close similarity between consonants at the end of words.
A statement that appears self-contradictory, yet reveals a kind of truth and shows the complexities of life.
A particular way of speaking that is unique to a social class or region. (vs. Standard English)
The words a character in a story speaks.
A work that ridicules the
shortcomings of specific people or
institutions as an attempt to bring about