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AP Literature Fiction Terms
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The character, force, or collection of forces in fiction or drama that opposes the protagonist and gives rise to the conflict of the story.
A French term meaning "unraveling" or "unknotting," used to describe the resolution of the plot following the climax.
In fiction, when a character suddenly experiences a deep realization about himself/herself.
A narrated scene that marks a break in the narrative in order to inform the reader or audience member about events that took place before the opening scene of a work.
A character in a work whose behavior and values contrast with those of another character in order to highlight the distinctive temperament of that character.
The introduction early in a story of verbal and dramatic hints that suggest what is to come later.
The result of inserting one more more stories within the body of a narrative that encompasses the smaller ones
An author's selection and arrangement of incidents in a story to shape the action and give the story a particular focus.
point of view
The perspective from which the writer tells the story (first person, third person limited, third person omniscient, third person objective).
The central character of a literary work.
A fully developed character
The physical and social context in which the action of a story occurs.
A fictional character that relies heavily on cultural types or stereotypes for its personality, manner or speech, and other characteristics. Stock characters are instantly recognizable to members of given cultures.
The anxious anticipation of a reader or an audience as to the outcome of a story.
A figure of speech in which something (object, person, situation, or action) means more than what it is. A symbol may be read literally and metaphorically.
The abstract concept explored in a literary work.
A struggle between opposing forces
A narrative device, often used at the beginning of a work that provides necessary background information about the characters and their circumstances.
Events leading up to the climax
the turning point of the story
the part of a literary plot that occurs after the climax has been reached and the conflict has been resolved
in medias res
in or into the middle of a plot; into the middle of things
A coming of age story
A character who embodies a single quality and who does not develop in the course of a story
The author directly states a character's traits
Author subtly reveals the character through actions and interactions.
first person point of view
the narrator is a character in the story
a narrator whose account of events appears to be faulty, misleadingly biased, or otherwise distorted
third person point of view
someone on the outside is looking in and telling the story as he/she see it unfold.
a narrator who is able to know, see, and tell all, including the inner thoughts and feelings of the characters
limited omniscient narrator
The third person narrator relates the thoughts and feelings of only one character.
a third person narrator who only reports what would be visible to a camera; thoughts and feelings are only revealed if a character speaks of them
stream of consciousness
a style of writing in which the author tries to reproduce the random flow of thoughts in the human mind
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