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Short Story Terminology

literary terms/definitions for Mr Ward's AP English Lit
STUDY
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Escape Literature
purely for entertainment
Interpretative
broadens our awareness of life
Commercial Fiction
meets broad tastes of audience
Plot
sequence of incidents or events presented in order
Conflict
clash of actions, ideas, desires or wills
Climax
turning point; the point at which the action stops rising and begins falling or reversing
Denouement
portion of plot revealing the outcome
Protagonist
central character
Antagonist
forces against the protagonist
Dilemma
when the character must choose between two undesirables
Surprise Ending
sudden twist of action
Indeterminate Ending
no definite conclusion can be reached
Direct Presentation
writer tells us exactly what the character is like
Indirect Presentation
author shows us the character in action and we determine what he or she is like
Fist Characters
one which can be summarized by one or two traits
Rounded Characters
many-sided and complex
Fantasy
nonrealistic; can be escape
Artistic Unity
when all elements of a story work together