Elements of Fiction
Terms in this set (37)
The most intense, exciting, or important point of something; a culmination or apex.
The events that take place in a story.
The people, animals, or intelligent machines in a story.
The conversation between one or more characters in a story.
A story, novel, or play that is not true.
The main character or a character we want to win.
The problem that occurs in the story and plot.
The time, place, and general environment in which the story takes place.
The teller of a story. They may be a character in the story or someone outside the story.
The character who gets in the way of the protagonist; the "bad" guy.
The part of the story that reveals the outcome; ties up loose ends.
An author's use of hints or clues to suggest events that will happen later in the story.
A feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader.
Person vs. Person Conflict
Two characters struggle against one another. Example: Ann and Ben are competing against each other to become class president.
The general idea or insight about life that a work of literature reveals.
A feeling of growing tension or excitement in a piece of writing.
A character who does not change during the story.
Person vs. Self Conflict
A character must overcome their own nature or make a choice between two or more paths. Example: Ted can't decide between turning is best friend in for stealing, or not telling the police.
Point of View
The perspective from which a story is told.
Third Person Point of View
The narrator describes the characters and action from outside the story.
An attitude a writer takes toward the audience, a subject, or a character.
A struggle between opposing needs, desires, or emotions within a single character.
Second Person Point of View
The author speaks directly to the reader; uses "you."
Person vs. Nature Conflict
A character has a problem with some natural happening. Example: Brian is stranded in the Canadian Wilderness during a winter snowstorm.
A character who is not very well developed; has few identifiable characteristics.
Third Person Limited
The thoughts and feelings of one character is revealed.
The series of conflicts and crisis in the story that lead to the climax.
A character who grows, learns, or changes as a result of the story's action.
The part of the plot that provides important background information and introduces the characters.
The events leading to the resolution.
First Person Point of View
The narrator "I" is a character in the story revealing their experiences.
A struggle between a character and an outside force.
One who is complex and undergoes development, sometimes sufficiently to surprise the reader
Third Person Omniscient
The narrator knows all the thoughts, actions, and feelings of all characters.
Person vs. Society Conflict
A character struggles against the rules or norms. Example: Sandy struggles with a new school rule, requiring all students to wear a uniform.
Information that needs to be inferred from details in a book. The opposite of Explicit.
A fact is clearly stated in a reading. The opposite of Implicit.