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design and ordering of events in a narrative or dramatic work


person, animal, etc. depicted in a narrative or dramatic work

characterization (indirect)

implied from what others say about the character

characterization (direct)

information provided by narrator about character(s)


time and/or place of a story


central idea or message in a work of literature


moment when interest and emotional intensity reach their highest point

point of view

who is telling the story

1st person point of view

story is told by one of the characters who uses pronount "I" or "we" and who participates in much of the action

3rd person limited point of view

events are related through the eyes of one character

3rd person objective point of view

events related through the eyes of objective observer who offers no opinions or interpretations of charcters' thoughts

3rd person ominiscient point of view

narrator is all knowing; can see into the minds of all characters


struggle between opposing forces which is the basis of the plot in the story

internal conflict

struggle within a character

external conflict

character struggles with an outside force; man against man; man against nature; man against animal, etc.

rising action

part of the plot in which complications develop and the conflict intensifies, bulding up to the climax of the story


feeling or atmosphere the writer creates for the reader; how the story makes the reader feel


attitude a writer takes towards his/her subject


shows the results of the major events and ties up loose ends


provides background information necesary to understand teh characters and their actions.

falling action

shows the results of the major events and ties up loose ends (same as denouement)


same as falling action or denouement


a writer's unique use of language that allows the reader to see his/her personality through the writer's words


way in which a piece of literature is written


narrative that springs from the imagination of the writer


prose writing about real people, places, and/or events

short story

a work of fiction that can be read in one sitting


a type of literature


type of language not organized according to a regular metrical principle or pattern


the main character of a story


the chief opponent of the main character


a character who provides a striking contrast to another character


an implied ccomparison between two things that have something in common


a comparison between two things that are unlike but which have somthing in common. A simile uses "like" or "as" in the comparison


giving inanimate objects human characteristics


returning to an event or something that was said or done prior to the beginning of the story


hints or clues as to events that are to occur in the story


contrast in what is expected and what actually happens


a person, place, or object that represents something beyond itself


emotional response evoked by a word; suggest word meaining


literal or dictionary meaning of a word


written conversation between two or more persons


use of the senses to create images


an indirect reference to a historical or literary person, place, thing, or event which it is assumed the reader is familiar

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