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writing that tells about real people, places, or events


the writer's account of his or her own life


an account of a person's life written by another person


a brief work of nonfiction that deals with a single subject


writing that is made up


the chain of related events that take place in a story


a struggle between opposing forces


gives background information about characters, conflict, and setting

rising action

where suspense builds because complications arise that make the conflict more difficult for the main characters to resolve


where the reader's interest reaches its highest point

falling action

where the conflict ends


where loose ends are tied up


a writer's use of hints or clues to indicate events and situations that will occur later in a narrative


an account of a conversation, episode, or event that happened before the beginning of a story

dynamic character

A character who grows emotionally, learns a lesson, or alters his or her behavior

static character

one who is simple, with few emotions, remains unchanged throughout


Main character, hero or heroine


Person or thing opposing the main character


a particular time and place in which the events occur


the particular way that a work of literature is written


a writer's selection of language

sentence structure

the length and kinds of sentences used


the use of the same word or phrase more than once


the use of similar grammatical structures, sentence patterns, or figures of speech to express equal or similar ideas


the use of words and phrases that appeal to the reader's senses


a term used to designate an object or a process that not only serves as an image itself but also refers to a concept or abstract idea that is important to the theme of the work


the central idea in the work of literature


the character or voice that relates the events of a story to the reader

point of view

the vantage point from which a story is told


when the narrator is a character in the story

third-person limited

when the narrator does not participate in the action of the story and knows the thoughts and feelings of only one character

third-person omniscient

when the narrator does not participate in the action of the story and knows the thoughts and feelings of all the characters


the feeling, or atmosphere, that a writer creates for the reader


an indirect reference to something outside the literature to another well-known literary work


lines whispered to the audience or to another character on stage (implied to be not heard by all the other characters)


a single character on stage thinking out loud (a way of letting the audience know what is in the character's mind)


an expressed comparison between two different things using 'like' or 'as'


an implied comparison between two different things; identifying a person or object as the thing to which it is being compared


giving the quality of life to inanimate things


a character in a story that acts in a drastically different way than the main protagonist in order to show the strong differences between the characters

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