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FRA9th-Literary Terms #1

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Fiction
narrative writing drawn from the imagination rather than history or fact
Non-fiction
writing drawn from history and fact rather than the imagination
Novel
broad term used to designate any extended fictional narrative almost always in prose
Novel of incident
a novel in which the main focus is on the course and outcome of events in the plot
Novel of character
the main focus is on the protagonists thoughts, feeling, and motives
Bildungsroman
novel that depicts the intellectual and emotional development of the protagonist from childhood into adulthood
Novella
a short novel
Short story
broad term used to designate any short fictional narrative almost always in prose
Setting
the background (time and place) in which the action is presented
Plot
the narrative of events. (Answers the question: What happens?)
Conflict
the struggle between opposing forces. (Can be either internal or external)
Climax
the turning point in the plot
Denouement
the final unraveling of the plot
Characterization
the creation and portrayal of imaginary persons
Protagonist
the main character
Antagonist
the character/force directly opposed to the protagonist
Dynamic
character that grows or develops during the course of the story
Static
a character that does not change during the course of the story
Foil
a character who serves as a contrast to another character
Style
the personality of a work distinctive to an author
Narrative
the account of events (a story)
Tone
attitudes toward the subject and toward the audience implied in a literary work
Theme/Aboutness
the central thought or idea. It is the abstract concept that is made concrete through representation in person, action, and image
So-whatness
overall commentary on the theme of a work
Foreshadowing
important clues that prepare the reader for events to come
Metaphor
an analogy identifying one object with another