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Literary Terms (VOCAB)

Vocabulary.
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Exposition
The beginning of the story that introduces the characters, setting, and basic situation. Background Information
Conflict
the problem or struggle in the story
Rising Action
the events with conflicts or struggles that build a story toward a climax
Climax
Most exciting moment of the story; turning point, highest point of suspense
Falling Action
events after the climax, leading to the resolution
Resolution
End of the story where loose ends are tied up
Plot
the chain of events in the story that make it worth reading, hearing, or watching. The action of the story!
Setting
The time and place of a story, where and when it takes place
Character
a person, animal, creature, or robot that takes part in the action of a story
Main Character
the most important figure in a literary work; hero; protagonist.
Minor Character
one who takes part in the action but is not the focus of attention
Fiction
Fake. Not real. It may even seem real, but it's just made up.
Non-Fiction
Not fake. True story.
Internal Conflict
Person vs. Self, a struggle inside the heart or mind of a character
External Conflict
a struggle between a character and an outside force such as another character, a society, or nature itself.
Flashback
a scene that interrupts the action of a work to show a previous event, when a portion of the story goes back in time
Foreshadowing
the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in the story. The fun stuff that leaves you making guesses.
Character Development
How the character changes throughout the story, this always happens as a result of conflict.
Poetry
A kind of rhythmic, compressed language that uses figures of speech and imagery designed to appeal to our emotions and imagination.
Prose
the ordinary form of written language, the way we write in today's world.
Protagonist
main character, good guy, BATMAN!!!
Antagonist
bad guy, always against the good guy or protagonist. The JOKER!
Hero/heroine
the main character in a story, poem, or play. Good guy!!! Superman!!!
Villain
A make you sound smart word for bad guy :)
Imagery
mental pictures, description that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)
Mood
the feeling created in a reader by the literary work.
Moral
a useful lesson about life from a book.
Motive
a reason for doing something, , an inner drive that causes a person to do something or act in a certain way
Suspense
Uncertainty or anxiety the reader feels about what is going to happen next in a story
Dialogue
conversation between characters in a story, the stuff in quotation marks.
Irony
when the opposite of what is expected happens
Symbol
anything that stands for or represents something else
Narrator
The person telling the story
Point of View
the perspective from which a story is told, 1st person or 3rd person.
Novel
a long work of fiction, chapter book.
Genre
type of literature