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For midterm.


the time, place and period in which the action takes place.

Physical Setting

The geograhical location in which a story takes place.

Chronological Setting

The time period that a story takes place.

Social Setting

What is happening in the society when the story takes place.

Socio-Economic Setting

Doesn't get into play often, is only used when it comes to things that have to do with the economy when the story takes place.

Lack of Setting

When the story can take place anytime and anywhere.

Round character

A character that is convincing, true to life and have many character traits.

Dynamic character

A character that undergoes some type of change in story because of something that happens to them.

Flat character

A character that is stereotyped, shallow, often symbolic. They have one or two personality traits.

Static character

A character that does not change in the course of the story


The main character in a literary work.


The character who opposes the protagonist.


The start of the story. The way things are before the action starts.

Rising Action

The series of conflicts and crisis in which the story leads up to the climax.


The turning point of the story. The most intense part.

Falling Action

All of the action that follows the climax.


The conclusion of a story.


The author is telling the story. The thoughts of feelings of all the characters in the story.

Limited Omniscient

Thoughts and feelings, etc are limited to one of a few characters.


The atmosphere / prevailing emotional and mental climate of a piece of fiction.


The central idea in a piece of fiction.


The act of something representing an idea, quantity or concept larger than itself.


a reference to a person, place or literary, historical, artistic, mythological source or event.


the prevailing emotional and mental climate of a piece of fiction.


the reproduction of a conversation between two of the characters.


early clues about what will happen later in a piece of fiction.


a difference between what is expected and reality.


a writer's individual and distinct way of writing. The total of the qualities that distinguish one author's writing from another's.


the way time moves through a novel.

Chronological structure

The structure of a story in which it starts at the beginning and moves through time.


starts in the present and then goes back to the past.


starts in the present, flashes back to the past, and returns to the present at the conclusion.


same story told from different viewpoints.

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