29 terms

Literary Fiction

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plot
the basic sequence of events that happen in a story
exposition
the beginning of the story, when characters and setting are introduced; the main problem or conflict is introduced
conflict
the problem the main character must resolve
rising action
the events that happen after the conflict and lead to the climax
climax
the turning point when the main character faces the major conflict in the story
resolution/denouement
how the conflict is settled or not settled
setting
the time and place the story happens
mood
the atmosphere or feeling created by the writer
man versus self
an internal conflict that involves the struggle between the character and his/her conscience
man versus nature
an external conflict that involves a struggle between the character and the elements of nature (tornado, hurricane, landslide, etc.) that are beyond his/her control
man versus man
an external conflict that involves a struggle, mental or physical, between two characters in the story
man versus society
an external conflict that involves the struggle between a character and the rules/laws that govern the society in which he/she lives
character traits
the character's words, thoughts, or actions
dialect
language that is characteristic of a particular group of people or geographical region
EX. In Texas, we say "y'all" and in the north U.S. they say "you guys".
protagonist
the main character in a story
antagonist
a character that stands against the protagonist, or main character in the story
theme
the central meaning, lesson, or moral of the story
EX. Hard work pays off.
myth
an old story handed down through time which might tell about gods and heroes or explain things in nature
epic tale
a long narrative story dealing with supernatural beings or heroes
circle story
the story begins and ends in the same place (found in myths and epic tales)
quest
a difficult journey by the main character towards a goal (in myths and fiction)
tone
the attitude or viewpoint of the author about the subject
first person
a point of view in which the story is told from a character's point of view using I, we, my or our
third-person limited
the third-person point of view when the narrator knows the thoughts of one character
third person
a point of view in which the story is told by someone outside the story using words like he, she, it, or they
third-person omniscient
the third-person point of view when the narrator knows the thoughts of all the characters
third-person objective
the third-person point of view when the narrator does not know the thoughts of any characters but just tells the story
folktale
a purely imaginative story with a lesson or a moral handed down by people of a region over time
legend
a story that cannot be proven, but it has been based on a historical figure and handed down over time as true