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20 terms

English 9: Literary Terms

KRHS 9th Grade Team - side 1
STUDY
PLAY
Fiction
invented, made up
Setting
Where and when
Protagonist
Main character; conflict revolves around this character
Novel
Possibly has several well-developed characters with several major conflicts and more than one major theme
Short Story
Focuses on one or two major characters with one major conflict and theme
Antagonist
character that struggles against the protagonist; causes conflict
Round Character
defined, developed character traits
Flat Character
little development of character traits
Dynamic Character
changes in some significant way through the course of the story
Static Character
changes little, if any, through the course of the story
Plot
the sequence of events in a story
Exposition
introduces major characters, setting and maybe conflict
Rising Action
conflict develops and intensifies
Climax
a turning point in the conflict; a decision made
Falling Action
conflict diminishes because of the turning point
ReSOLUTION
end of story; issues reSOLVED; character has greater understanding of themselves
Internal Conflict
person struggles with his/her own feelings (making a decision, guilt)
External Conflict
struggle with others or with a force of nature (fire, flood, blizzard)
Theme
the main idea or message that the author wants the reader to understand
3rd Person Point of View
the narrator is "outside" the story, not a character in the story