11 terms

Literary Terms Plot Structure- DeCubellis

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Form
the design, shape, structure, or pattern of a work of literature
Denouement
the events following a climax but before the resolution...AKA falling action
Climax
the point of high emotional intensity at which a story or play reaches its peak
Conflict
the rising action of a story which can be of several types: Man vs. man, man vs. society, man vs. nature, man vs. self, man vs. fate, man vs. technology
Exposition
first part of plot that reveals the setting, sets tone, introduces characters (THE BACKGROUND)
Flashback
when the writer interrupts the storytelling in the present too relay past events through narration, dream sequences, memories
Freytag's pyramid
A triangular diagram which outlines traditional, linear plot structure with the climax at its peak
Plot
the organization of incidents in a story. Introduction, rising action, climax, falling action (denouement), conclusion
Theme
the central idea, message or life lesson of a work of fiction. A theme is typically found through INFERENCE
Twist
an unexpected change of course which surprises the reader
Setting
the time, place and circumstances in which a story, drama or film takes place.