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a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events


central idea of a work of literature


writing that tells about real people, places, and events


a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact


one's intention or objective in a speech or piece of writing


the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author


the overall emotion created by a work of literature


Uncertainty or anxiety the reader feels about what is going to happen next in a story


Story of a person's life written by that person

figurative language

Writing or speech that is used to create vivid impressions by setting up comparisons between dissimilar things, [examples are metaphor, simile, and personification.


the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people

direct characterization

Author directly describes character

indirect characterization

the character is revealed through their personality, appearance, words, actions, and effect on others


the principal character in a work of fiction


the character who works against the protagonist in the story

round character

this character is fully developed - the writer reveals good and bad traits as well as background

flat character

a character who embodies a single quality and who does not develop in the course of a story

dynamic character

a character who undergoes change during the story

static character

a character that does not change from the beginning of the story to the end

foil character

a character who is used as a contrast to another character; the contrast emphasizes the differences between the two characters, bringing out the distinctive qualities in each


something in a literary work that stands for something else


incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs


witty language used to convey insults or scorn


an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances


information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.

elements of plot

All fiction is based on conflict and this conflict is presented in a structured format called PLOT.


a kind of literary or artistic work

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