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English 1 - Short story terms and vocab.
Terms in this set (20)
A struggle between two opposing forces.
artfully subtle or shrewd; crafty; sly
series of related events that hold a story together.
to shake tremulously; quiver or tremble
the most intense, exciting, or terrifying moment in a story when the conflict is about to be resolved.
A narrative device that hints at coming events; often builds suspense or anxiety in the reader.
writing that ridicules in order to reveal a weakness.
watchfulness; alertness; attention.
the main character in a literary work
in steps so small as to be immeasurable or incalculably minute.
ineffective; useless; fruitless; not successful.
person vs. person conflict
Rainsford is hunted by General Zaroff.
person vs. supernatural conflict
A family is fighting to survive in a zombie apocalypse.
person vs. nature conflict
A town is cleaning up after a natural disaster.
person vs. self conflict
I can't decide whether or not to buy the shoes or the jacket.
Beginning of the story where the characters and their conflict is introduced.
main character takes some action to resolve the conflict and meets more problems.
End of the story and all the struggles are over.
A character or force in conflict with the main character.
A character that changes throughout the story.
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