English VOCAB

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Setting
The time and place of the action
Mood
The feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for readers
Plot
A series of scenes that traces a conflict
Conflict
Struggle between opposing forces
Internal Conflict
Taking place within the mind of a character
External Conflict
Conflict between a character and an outside force
Exposition
Part of the plot that introduces the conflict, characters & mood
Climax
Turning point in a story and the moment of greatest suspense
Resolution
Final outcome of the story and ties up loose
Suspense
A feeling of excitement or tension about what will happen next
Round character
Complex, highly developed characters
Flat character
One-sided characters
Static character
Characters that remain the same
Dynamic characters
Characters who change and grow as the plot develops
Character
A person or an animal who takes part in the action of a literary work
Protagonist
The main character in a literary work
Antagonist
Opponent of the main character
Narrator
The voice that tells the story
Foreshadowing
Work of clues to suggest events that have yet to happen
Flashback
An account of an event or a conversation that happened before the beginning of the story
First person point of view
Is a main or minor character in the story
Third-person limited
Is not a character in the story but an outside observer
Third-person omniscient
Is "all knowing"; has access to the thoughts and feeling of all characters
Theme
A central message or insight into life revealed through a literary work
Symbols
A character, place, object or event that stands for anything else, often an abstract idea
Universal Themes
recurring themes, no matter what the culture, time period, or country
Inferences
Logical guesses with support
Diction
Author's choice of words and phrases
Syntax
Author's arrangement of words
Chronological Order
Structural pattern that presents events in order of when they occured
Irony
General form for literary techniques that portray differences between appearance and reality, or expectation and result
Verbal Irony
Words used to suggest the opposite of what is meant
Dramatic Irony
Contradiction between what a character thinks and what the reader or audience knows to be true
Irony of Situation
Event occurs that directly contradicts the expectations of the characters, the reader, or audience
Historical narrative
Story about real events that occurred in the past