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Elements of Fiction Vocabulary

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dramatic situation
the protagonist is involved in a conflict
exposition
sets the scene, introduces the main character, provides background information
complication
a new conflict
protagonist
the central character
antagonist
opposes the protagonist
foreshadowing
hints of what's to come
crisis
moment of high tension
climax
the moment of greatest tension
denouement
conclusion
in medias res
beginning in the middle of things
flashback
a scene re-lived
epiphany
a moment of insight
story of initiation
a character experiencing a moment of maturity
1st person
a narrator tells the story - it can be a major character or a minor character
3rd person
all-knowing; seeing into all the characters; omniscient; seeing into one major character; seeing into one minor character; objective (not seeing into any characters)
stream of consciousness
a procession of thoughts passing through the mind
motivation
why a character does what he or she does
setting
time and place
tone
the author's attitude towards his subject
diction
word choice
irony
the speaker's meaning if far from the usual meaning of the words
style
diction, sentence style, coice (formal or casual, distant or intimate, passionate or restrained), amount of irony
theme
whatever idea or insight the entire story reveals
symbol
something that means more than itself