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That point in a plot that creates the greatest intensity, suspense, or interest; usually the point at which the conflict is resolved
A narrative device, often used at the beginning of a work that provides necessary background information about the characters and their circumstances.
emphasizes the influence of economic and social conditions on characters and events and often embodies an implicit thesis for social reform.
full-length fiction book, using historical facts as its basis for plot or setting, but including imaginary characters and dialogue.
A novel faithful to a particular geographic region and its people, including behavior, customs, speech, and history.
Novel of ideas
a novel in which the examination of intellectual issues and concepts takes precedence over characterization or a traditional storyline
is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used.
A form of novel in which magic, mystery, horrors, and chivalry abound; works having extravagant characters, remote or exotic settings, adventure, magic, chivalry, and love.
is a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood (coming of age), and in which, therefore, character change is extremely important.
is the codified gestures, in which the author tells the story. Along with plot, character, theme, and setting, style is considered one of the fundamental components of fiction
is all the parts are related to one central idea or organizing principle. Thus, unity is dependent upon coherence.
literally means "beyond fiction". This novel type self-conciously addresses the devices of fiction exposing the fictional illusion.
A character who embodies a single quality and who does not develop in the course of a story
A character who is in most ways opposite to the main character (protagonist) or one who is nearly the same as the protagonist. The purpose of the foil character is to emphasize the traits of the main character by contrast only
Hamartia (Tragic Flaw)
A character flaw that causes the downfall or death of a person of high rank/status
a sudden and unexpected change of fortune or reverse of circumstances (especially in a literary work)
character with many personality traits (many details given). A character who demonstrates some complexity and who develops or changes in the course of a work
A character type that appears repeatedly in a particular literary genre, one which has certain conventional attributes or attitudes.
Third Person Omniscient
Point of view in which an all-knowing narrator who is privy to the thoughts and actions of any or all characters.
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