21 terms

English:Short Story Vocabulary

Short Story
a brief work of narrative fiction meant to be reading in one sitting
Plot -
The sequence of events, what happens in the story
Plot Diagram -
an outline or framework for a story
Character -
a person, animal, or imaginary creature in a story
Dynamic Character -
character that changes and grows (in beliefs, actions or thoughts) during the story
Static Character -
character who remains the same throughout the story
Setting -
time, place of a story
Conflict -
problem or struggle between opposing forces
External Conflict -
character struggles with an outside force
Person vs. Person Person vs. Nature Person vs. Fate Person vs. Society
Internal Conflict-
character struggles with an inside force (needs, desires, emotions) Person vs. Self
Exposition -
the background; characters, setting, and conflict are introduced
Rising Action -
the episodes or events leading up to the climax, suspense and interest builds
Suspense -
feelings of tension or interest, the turning point
Climax -
point of highest tension or interest, the turning point of the story
Falling Action -
episodes after the climax, before the resolution; events showing the effects or results of the climax; events are unwinding
Resolution -
the solution to the central conflict of the story; most of the conflicts are resolved;the story comes to a reasonable ending
Point of View -
From whose perspective the story is told
First person (point of view) -
character in the story tells the story,
Third Person (point of view) -
narrator tells the story-someone outside the story
Mood -
overall feeling of a story (scary, funny, sad, inspiring)
Theme -
the author's message about life or human nature