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parkin short story elements
Central idea(s) in a piece of literature. Author's message.
Way or method the author uses to tell the story. Many author's have a certain ________.
Distinctive type of literary writing. Some novels are fiction, non-fiction, mystery, romance.
The sequence of events that take place; how the story unfolds; what happens in the story.
The story's beginning where characters, setting, mood, and point of view are extablished; "plunges the reader into the story"
The people in the story are called _____.
The main character--often the "good guy."
The person or thing against the main character.
The author uses what people say about them, what the characters say, themselves, and what the narrator says to depict a character.
The place AND time of the story, determined by styles of clothing, technology, historical occurences, customs, manner or speaking, and more.
The feeling the AUTHOR CREATES for the reader during the exposition.
point of view
The way in which the story is told; who is telling it. it includes various types of narrators.
The author uses "i" or "we" to create what kind of narrator?
The author uses "he" or "she" or "it" to create what kind of narrator?
The all-knowing narrator who reveals the thought of several characters.
The author tells the thoughts of one character.
The events that lead to the climax of the story, including the conflicts that evolve and where the author builds suspense; 90% of the story
The (part of the rising action) where the problems that occur between two characters or opposing forces
When the conflict is vs. himself/herself.
When the conflict is vs. an outside force.
man vs man
When the conflict is between TWO CHARACTERS; external.
man vs nature
A specific type of conflict when the conflict is between a character and a force of (___), like snow or rain or wind; external.
man vs supernatural
A specific type of conflict when the conflict is between a character a a force larger than life, such as a god; external.
man vs society
A specific type of conflict when the conflict is between a character and a whole town/county; external.
man vs technology
A specific type of conflict when the conflict is between a character and something like a computer, TV; external.
man vs self
A specific type of conflict when the conflict is between a character and their inner thoughts; the only internal.
The point of highest suspense in the story where the major conflict reaches a peak; problem usually resolved.
The few events that happen at the end of the story; 10% of the story.
denouement (final resolution)
Where the author's story resolves a final conflict.