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anything that stands for or represents something else; characters, objects, events and setting
example: links father to snow. Powder snow is deceptive=it can be very deep, yet you sink into it.
Central idea of a story
example: fatherhood: recklessness and lack of responsibility towards keeping his son safe
Life-like qualities in plot, setting and character
example: The detailed description of the car and the dialogue lend truthfulness and authenticity to the story.
The time and place of a story
example: The storm is a major part of the theme.
A character who does not change during the story.
example: The father is static - he does not change in the story
Minor storyline, secondary to the main.
example: There are no subplots in the story.
Sudden twist in the direction of the story.
example: Son is happy in spite of the impending conflicts (divorce, police catching his dad).
Reference to something outside the story (person, place, event, myth).
example: We are not sure if the boy is the protagonist, he is related to jazz music because it is never repeated.
Character or force that opposes the main character.
example: The police officer and the mother are antagonists
Personality traits as shown by what characters do and say
example: Father thinks his language is very good because he used Spanish. He thinks he is an outlaw because he tricked the cops.
Highest point of emotional intensity in the story.
example: moving of the blockade
The event that starts the conflict.
example: blocking of the highway
A struggle between people
example: the son's estimations of his father
comparing 2 things to make a point
example: Son is more sensible than the father
intense conflict leading to the climax
example: boy judging his father
Unknotting of plot or conflict
example: son's enjoying the moment
example: showing information
No clear outcome or result
example: story does not have a indeterminate ending
events turn out very differently than we expected.
example:father singing "Stars Fell on Alabama"
aim of protagonist
example: stay in contact with his son
Character who contrasts with the protagonist
example: mother foils with father
Hint of what's to coming up
example: son says, "some rare quality"
Difficult choice protagonist must make
example: father asks son if the boy want to be together
A character that changes
example: the son
important realization by a character
example: life is to be lived
The narration switches to the past
example: no flashbacks in the story
Background that reader needs to know
example: father and mother fight
Has only one main quality
example: the police officer
example: "hissing" snow (sound image);
Specific details of life in the setting
example: the diner
Episodes and conflict
example: the story masquerades as an adventure
Point of view
The perspective of the people
example: This story is told in 1st person
Stated "lesson" of a tale;
example: "Live your life," or no moral.
what makes you want to do things
example: Father's love towards his son
example: The son
character having several sides
example: son and father
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