17 terms

BERTA MHS Literary Terms Review

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climax
high point where character makes a turn for the good or for the bad
complication
the main problem in a story, consists of several conflicts
exposition
introduction of characters, setting and background
inciting action
the single event that gets a story going
denouement
the resolution to a story
imagery
painting a picture with words
tone
attitude the author takes toward his work
mood
atmosphere created in the story
conflict
struggle between 2 opposing forces
omniscient
all knowing narrator/point of view
3rd person limited
story's told from a slanted point of view
1st person major
main character tells the story
1st person minor
minor character tells the story
protagonist
main character facing a conflict(s)
antagonist
main character who opposed the protagonist
aphorism
a short, concise statement of principle; expression of wise or clever observations
idiom
a natural manner of speaking to a native speaker of a language.