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conflict
the struggle between forces. This can be internal or external or both.
protagonist
the hero or central character who takes the leading part of the story.
antagonist
the character who is in conflict, or against the protagonist
complicating incident
the first incident or event in the story which "gets the story going." This begins the rising action.
climax
the turning point in the novel. the protagonist's conflict has been brought to this turning point by the events that have happened.
resolution
the final event in a novel. The conflict is completely resolved.
rising action
the middle of the plot in which conflicts are developed.
falling action
action which is devoted to solving the conflicts created in the complication. This sets the stage for the final event in which the major conflict is resolved.
exposition
the beginning of the plot which provides background and setting. (characters, conflict, setting)
internal conflict
takes place within a character
external conflict
character struggles against some outside force.
motivation
any force that drives or moves the character to behave in a particular way
static character
character that doesn't change
dynamic character
character changes as a result of the events
character vs. character
one character is in conflict with another character; external
character vs. nature
character in conflict with a natural force; external
character vs. self
character has to make a decision; internal
foreshadowing
the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot
suspense
the uncertainty or anxiety you feel about what will happen next in a story
cliffhanger
an ending that leaves the audience in suspense
inference
a conclusion based on evidence and reasoning
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