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the place and time period of a story.


the turning point or peak of the action.


the feeling created in the reader.


sequence of events in the story.

Sensory details

paints a picture in the reader's mind.


state of tension; a sense of uncertainty.

Figurative language

uses words in a non-literal way;giving meaning beyond the ordinary one.

Round character

complex and multi-dimensional; you know a lot about this person.


the main character in the plot's conflict.


the techniques an author uses to create and develop a character.

Point of view

The angle from which story is told.


explanation of the situation and the condition of the characters.


someone who offers opposition (bad guy or conflict).


opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces.


the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot


A word or phrase signifying a sign or mark representing something else.


A comparison of what is expected to happen being opposite of what actually happens.


Underlying meaning and the author's purpose.

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