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Short Story Unit

For midterm.
STUDY
PLAY
Setting
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
Protagonist
The main character in a literary work.
Antagonist
The character who opposes the protagonist.
Exposition
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.
Climax
The turning point of the story. The most intense part.
Falling Action
All of the action that follows the climax.
Resolution
The conclusion of a story.
Omniscient
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.
Mood
The atmosphere / prevailing emotional and mental climate of a piece of fiction.
Theme
The central idea in a piece of fiction.
Symbolism
The act of something representing an idea, quantity or concept larger than itself.
Allusion
a reference to a person, place or literary, historical, artistic, mythological source or event.
Atmosphere
the prevailing emotional and mental climate of a piece of fiction.
Dialogue
the reproduction of a conversation between two of the characters.
Foreshadowing
early clues about what will happen later in a piece of fiction.
Irony
a difference between what is expected and reality.
Style
a writer's individual and distinct way of writing. The total of the qualities that distinguish one author's writing from another's.
Structure
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.
Flashback
starts in the present and then goes back to the past.
Circular
starts in the present, flashes back to the past, and returns to the present at the conclusion.
Panel
same story told from different viewpoints.