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Short story vocabulary terms
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this is where a story takes place in time and location
protagonist, antagonist, hero/heroine are the people that move the plot along and the reason that many readers stay with a story
Point of view
this how the story is told by the narrator or author; either first, second, or third person
these are the events in the story from the beginning until the end
The main problem in a story.
this important part of a story often prevents the characters from achieving their goals but allows them to grow from the experiences and then continue onward in their journey
a very exciting section of the story where the main conflict is resolved or attempted to be resolved. It is often called the "turning point of the story."
this is how the story ends and happens after the climax
the main lesson the author wants you to learn from the story. It is often called the central idea.
words used to express how the author feels about the text or the main topic of the text
how the reader feels about the text while reading
is the person who tells the story and can be limited or omniscient
when an author intentionally makes a reference to another work, such as another piece of literature, a piece of artwork, or a time, place or person
words used to evoke (bring about) pictures in the minds of the readers
the words that characters speak
a symbol is a physical object that represents an idea or something else
part of a story that happened before the current action which is brought out through characters' dreams or storytelling
is when the author alludes to upcoming events without directly stating that they will happen
happens when the storyteller or narrator builds excitement in a scene, often before/prior to the climax
when words, symbols, themes or other parts of the story are used more than once
descriptive language that attempts to invoke one or more of the five senses
Techniques a writer uses to
create and develop a character and make the character seem real to the reader (S.A.L.T)
Language that has meaning
beyond the literal meaning; also known as
"figures of speech."
First-person point of view
narrator is a character in the
story; uses "I," "we," etc.
Third-person point of view
narrator outside the story;
uses "he," "she," "they"
Third-person omniscient point of view
narrator can see
into the minds of all characters.
Person Against Person conflict
A problem between
Person Against Self conflict
A problem within a
character's own mind
Person Against Society conflict
between a character and society, school, the
law, or some tradition.
Person Against Nature conflict
A problem between
a character and some element of nature-a
blizzard, a hurricane, a mountain climb, etc
The part of the story, usually near the
beginning, in which the characters are
introduced, the background is explained, and the
setting is described.
The action and dialogue following
the climax that lead the reader into the
The person or character who actually
tells the story, filling in the background
information and bridging the gaps between
The main character in a story, often a
good or heroic type
The part of the story in which the
problems are solved and the action comes to a
The central part of the story during
which various problems arise after a conflict is
The person or force that works against
the hero of the story
Shorter than a novel, this piece of
literature can usually be read in one sitting.
Because of its length, it has only a few
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