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22 terms

Key Terms

STUDY
PLAY
Setting
The time and place of a story
Point of View
What point the story is told from; Who is telling the story
Omniscient
All-knowing; Knows what everyone is thinking and doing
First Person
Told from the narrator's point of view, using "I"
Third Person
Point of view in which the narrator is outside of the story - an observer
Limited
Does not know everything
Plot
the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.
Conflict
opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot); A problem
Exposition
The start of a story
Rising Action
Events leading up to the climax
Climax
The decisive moment in a novel or play
Falling Action
Events happening after the conflict and before the resoloution
Resoloution
The point in the story where the central conflict is resolved and the reader learns the outcome of the plot
Irony
Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
Characters
The people in the story
Round Character
Usually involved in the conflict; changes throughout the story
Flat Character
Not very importnant; does not usually change
Language & Dialect
To help define the time and setting of the story
Allegory
A story with two meanings, on literal, and the other alligorical
Symbolism
Saying something that has a symbolic meaning
Theme
The author's opinion of the topic
Diction
How a character speaks, the language they use