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Literary Terms

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Character
A person or animal in a story, a play, or another literary work
Antagonist
Secondary character sometimes in conflict with the protagonist
Protagonist
Main character
Plot
The series of related events that make up a story / what happense in a story
Climax
The point in a story that creates the greatest suspense or interest
Plot twist
An unexpected development or turn of events
Setting
The time and place of story, play or narrative poem
Theme
A main idea a work of literature; an idea or message that the writer wishes to convey on the subject
Point of view
The vantage point from which a story is told
First person narrator
The story is told by one of the characters as he experienced it--pronoun "I" is used
Omniscient narrator
The narrator knows all in the story telling what he wishes
Resolution
The final part of the story in which the confilct is resolved and the story is brought to a close
Conflict
A struggle between opposing characters or opposing forces which may be an external conflict or internal conflict
Foreshadowing
The use of hints and clues suggesting events that will occur later in the plot
Irony
Contrast between expectation and reality; can be tragic, moving or funny; 3 types: verbal, dramatic, situational
Flashback
Interruption in the present action of a plot to show events that happened at an eariler time
Mood
The overall atmosphere or feeling of a work of literature such as happy, scary, or sad
Tone
The attitude a writer takes toward his / her subject, characters, and audience; a writer's tone might be humorous, sincere, or sarcastic
Symbol
A person, place, or thing that has meaning in itself and stands for something beyond itself
Objective
Type of narrator who tells what happens in the story without adding his / her attitudes or emotions
Subjective
Type of narrator who tells what happens in the story, including his own attitudes and emotions
Limited
Type of 3rd person narrator where the narrator focuses on the thoughts and feelings of only one character
Flat
Type of character that is only briefly presented in a story and the reader learns very little about the character
Round
Type of character which is fully developed within the story through description and action
Dynamic
Type of character that changes as a result of the story's events
Static
Type of character that does not change much in the course of a story's events