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Literary Terms

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setting
The time and place of action in a story.
plot
The sequence of events in a story.
exposition
Introduces the setting, characters, conflict, etc.
conflict
The problem in a story.
irony
The difference in what is expected to happen and what actually happens in a story.
internal conflict
A problem or struggle within a character.
climax
The turning point in a story.
resolution
The problem in a story ends.
rising action
The events leading to the turning point in a story.
foreshadowing
Hints or clues of what is to come later in a story.
point of view
The view from which a story is told.
first person point of view
A story is told by a character in the story (Uses I)
external conflict
A character's problem or struggle with an outside force.
tone
The author's feelings about a written work.
theme
The central idea or message in a written work.
allusion
A reference to something in a story.
third person omniscient
The "all knowing" view by a narrator.
mood
The feeling a reader gets from a story.
third person
A story is told by an outside narrator.
falling action
The events leading to the end of the story.
third person limited
The narrator knows only one character's thoughts and feelings.