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a message that the author is trying to communicate to the reader about people, about being human, about how people treat each other, or about basic human needs
techniques an author uses to show the reader a character's personality, history, values, physical attributes, etc.
the action or sequence of events in a story; short stories have one plot line, novels have many
the beginning to a story that provides background information and introduces characters, setting, and conflict
events in a story that move the plot forward and build toward the climax; rising action involves conflicts and complications
third person point of view
no character narrates the story; can be omniscient (all-knowing) or limited to know only one character's thoughts
the time and place where a story occurs; also includes the cultural, emotional, and social environments
a problem between characters, between a character and nature, or between a character and society
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