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Literary Elements (normal lit terms)

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protagonist
character whom the entire novel centers around; conflict centers around this person
antagonist
force working against the protagonist
-person (other and self), society, nature, fate
stereotype
character who possess expected traits of a group
character foil
characters who are opposite of each other in order to show each other's strengths and weaknesses
flat
character whom we only know one side of their personality
round
character who shows many sides to their personality, sometimes both good and bad
static
a character that does not experience any growth or change during the story
dynamic
a character that experiences growth and change during the story
exposition
-introduction of main characters
-background information
-no real action
rising action
-plot begins
-moving toward climax
-longest section in a novel or movie
climax
-most intense moment in a novel
-where the protagonist and the conflict come head to head
falling action
-what happens because of the climax
resolution
-what happens because of the entire novel
-no more action
foreshadowing
-hints about what is to come in a story (not easily recognized until they are revealed at the end)
self
the main conflict is within the protagonist; personality flaw that is hindering their growth
other person
the main conflict is between the protagonist and another character within the novel
society
the main conflict is between the protagonist and aspects/values of society that they do not agree with
nature
the main conflict is between the protagonist and a physical force in nature
fate
the main conflict is between the protagonist and something they have no control over
integral setting
the main location where most of the plot and conflict takes place
backdrop setting
another location where action takes place, but it is not significant to the conflict
implicit
not stated; you have to figure it out based on the content within the story
explicit
one of the characters or the narrator actually states the theme (they do not realized it is the theme)
1st person
the narrator is a character in the story
3rd person limited
the narrator is not a character in the story, but the narrator tells only what one character thinks, feels, and observes
3rd person omniscient
the narrator is not a character in the story, but the narrator sees into the minds of all the characters
situations irony
a contrast between what a reader or character expect and what actually exist or happens
dramatic irony
where the reader or viewer knows something that a character does not know
verbal irony
exists when someone knowingly exaggerates or says one thing and means another