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the time and place of a literary work


the teller of a literary work


series of interrelated events beginning with a conflict and ending with a conclusion of a resolution of the conflict


the struggle of opposing forces in literary work

2 types of conflict

enternal and internal

internal conflict

man vs himself

external conflict

man vs man, man vs nature, man vs society


the point of the plot at which the characters or events take a turn to resolve the conflict


the central idea of a literary work


a hint of what is to come in a literary work

point of view

the way in which a literary work is narrated


excitng, son't know what is going to happen


characters, setting, tone, mood, atmosphere

methods of characterization

1. direct description by the narrator
2. what the character says
3. what the character does.
4. what the character thinks
5. what the other characters say, do, and think about the character

first person

the story is told by one of the characters in his or her own words. uses the pronoun I to refer to himself or herself

third person

the narrator is not a character in the story. only tells of what the character does or says. they can't read the minds of the characters

third person omniscient

not a character; can tell what can be seen and heard, but also what the characters think.

verbal irony

contrast between what is said and what is meant (sarcasm)

dramatic irony

contrast between the audience or reader understands and what teh characvter understands (surprise)

situational irony

contrast between what is expected and what actually happens

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