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Vocab for Plot

Vocabulary words relating to the plot of a story.
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Plot
sequence of events in a story
exposition
introduces setting, characters, and basic situation
conflict
struggle between opposing forces
external conflict
outside force; may be between two characters caused by a difference in ideas or personalities; man vs. nature
rising action
introduces and develops the conflict
suspense
feeling of anxious uncertainty about the outcome of events in a literary work; keeps the reader interested
climax
high point of interest or purpose
falling action
end of central conflict
resolution
event occurring during the falling action; conflict solved
antagonist
character or force in conflict with a main character
atmosphere
feeling created in the reader by a literary work
character
person or animal that takes part in the action of a literary work
main/ major character
most important character
minor character
lesser role in the story but helps develop the main character
flat character
one sided and stereotypical
round character
fully developed and has many traits
dynamic character
one who changes or grows during a story
static character
one who does not change
characterization
process by which authors create memorable characters
direct characterization
author tells about the character
indirect characterization
the character is revealed through their personality, appearance, words, actions, and effect on others
internal conflict
in the mind of the character; man vs. self
description
portrait of a person, place, or object
dialect
form of language spoken by people in a certain region or group
dialogue
conversation between characters
flashback
scene within a story showing past events during a present scene
foreshadowing
author's hinting about future events in the story
hero/heroine
character whose actions are inspiring or noble
irony
a suprising, interesting, or amusing contradictions or problems
hubris
excessive pride usually causing the downfall of characters
verbal irony
words used to suggest the opposite of their usual meanings
dramatic irony
a contradiction between what a character thinks and what the reader or audience knows to be true
irony of situation
event that contradicts the expectations of the characters, the reader, or the audience
mood
feeling created in the reader by a literary work
narrator
speaker who tells a story
point of view
perspective from which story is told
protagonist
main character
setting
time and place of the story or action
short story
brief work of fiction
symbol
anything that represents something else
theme
central message, concern, or purpose;"insight into life"; gift of meaning that the author gives you; underlying mesage
tone
writer's attitude toward reader or subject
historical setting
places and events from history through the eyes of a fictional character
motives
reasons behind a character's actions