Elements of Fiction

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Antagonist
The opponent or enemy of the main character.
Climax
The point in a narrative at which the conflict reaches its greatest intensity and is then resolved and when the reader experiences the most intense emotions.
Conflict
A struggle between opposing forces.
Internal Conflict
A struggle within the
character (character vs. self).
External Conflict
A struggle between the character and another person, society, nature, or technology.
Mood
The feeling the reader gets from a work of literature.
Plot
The sequence of events in a story.
First-Person Point of View
The narrator is a character in the story.
Third-Person Point of View
The narrator is not a character in the story.
Protagonist
The main or central character of a work of literature.
Setting
The environment in which a story takes place, including the time period, the location, and the physical characteristics of the surroundings.
Theme
A universal truth about human experience revealed by the story.
Exposition
The characters, setting, and main conflict are introduced (usually in the beginning of the story).
Rising Action
Events occur that build interest and suspense and develop the conflict.
Falling Action
Events occur that tie up lose ends in the story and move the conflict towards resolution.
Second-Person Point of View
The narrator uses the pronoun "you" or "your" in the narration.