Short Story Elements
Terms in this set (21)
Designed to arouse reader's interest; background is provided.
Struggle between opposing forces
Complication or development of the conflict.
Turning point of the story; point of most intense interest.
The events that lead to resolution.
The outcome of the conflict.
The act of showing one's characteristics; representation of a character in writing by describing them through their actions, speech, or looks.
A character complex or presented in detail.
A character that develops and learning in the course of the story.
A character that is characterized by one or two traits.
A character that is unchanged from the story's beginning to end.
Sequence of events or incidents that make up a story.
The time and place in which the story is taking place, including factors such as weather and social customs.
The mood or feeling which pervades a story.
The choice or use of words in speech or writing; the choice of words influences how the reader feels.
The author tells the story using the third person. Author knows all of what is done, said, felt, and thought by the characters.
The author tells the story from the third person but limits observations of thought and feeling to one character, the author presents the story from this character's eyes.
One character tells the story in first person. The reader sees and knows only as much as the narrator.
The author is like a movie camera that moves around freely recording events. However, the author offers no comments on the characters or their actions.
The main character in a literary work (this character can be male or female; heroic or non heroic.) They are trying to obtain something or reach a specific goal, usually the action of a literary piece revolves around them.
A character, group of characters, or an institution, who represents the opposition or conflict against a protagonist. ("opponent")