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Keystone Literary Element Terms
A set of glossary terms from eligible content for the Literature Keystone
Terms in this set (28)
A written account of another person's life.
A person, animal or inanimate object portrayed in a literary work.
The method an author uses to reveal characters and their various traits and personalities (e.g., direct, indirect).
The turning point in a narrative; the moment when the conflict is at its most intense.
A struggle or clash between opposing characters, forces, or emotions.
An author's choice of words, phrases, sentence structures and figurative language, which combine to help create meaning and tone.
A narrative device, often used at the beginning of a work that provides necessary background information about the characters and their circumstances.
The part of a literary plot that is characterized by diminishing tensions and the resolution of the plot's conflicts and complications.
This point of view relates events as they are perceived by a single character.
A category used to classify literary works, usually by form, technique or content (e.g., prose, poetry).
An essential technique used in literature (e.g., characterization, setting, plot, theme).
The prevailing emotions or atmosphere of a work derived from literary devices such as dialogue and literary elements such as setting.
A recurring subject, theme, or idea in a literary work.
A person, animal or thing telling the story or giving an account of something
The structure of a story. The sequence in which the author arranges events in a story.
Point of View
The position of the narrator in relation to the story, as indicated by the narrator's outlook from which the events are depicted
The portion of a story following the climax in which the conflict is resolved.
The part of a story where the plot becomes increasingly complicated.
Various sentence structures, styles, and lengths that can enhance the rhythm of or add emphasis to a piece of text.
The time and place in which a story unfolds.
The voice used by an author to tell/narrate a story or poem.
The author's choices regarding language, sentence structure, voice, and tone in order to communicate with the reader.
The ordering of words into meaningful verbal patterns such as phrases, clauses, and sentences.
A topic of discussion or work; a major idea broad enough to cover the entire scope of a literary work.
This point of view presents the events of the story from outside of any single character's perception
The attitude of the author toward the audience, characters, subject or the work itself (e.g., serious, humorous).
A character that symbolically embodies well‐known meanings and basic human experiences, regardless of when or where he/she lives (e.g., hero, villain, intellectual, dreamer).
The fluency, rhythm, and liveliness in a text that make it unique to the author.
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