English 11 Fiction Terms

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Anti-Climax
where something which would appear to be difficult to solve in a plot is solved through something trivial
Dénouement
the French term meaning "unraveling" or "unknotting", used to describe the resolution of the plot following the climax
Inderterminate Ending
Indeterminacy in literature can be when the ending of a story is not wrapped up entirely; there are still questions to be answered
Surprise Ending
a plot twist occuring near or at the conclusion of a story
Catastrophe
the final resolution in a poem or narrative plot, which unravels the inrigue and brings the piece to a close
External Conflict
a struggle between the protagonist and another character against nature or some outside force
Internal Conflict
a struggle that takes palce un the protagonist's mind and through which the character reaches a new understanding or dynamic change
Third Person Point of View (POV)
each and every character is reffered to by the narrator as "he", "she", "it", or "they", but never as "I", or "we", or "you"
Analogy
a similarity between features of two things, on which a comparison may be based
Comic Relief
the inclusion of a humorous character, scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work
Dilemma
a problem offering at least two soltuions or possibilities, of which none are practically acceptable
Dramatic Irony
created a discepancy between what a character believes or says and what the reader or audience member knows to be true
Hero/Heroine
the central character who engages the reader's interest and empathy
Characterization
the process of conveying information about characters in narrative or dramatic works of art or everyday conversation
Stereotype
a commonly held public belief about specific social groups or types of individuals
Myth
the main characters are usually gods or supernatural heroes