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Literary Elements (Character, Conflict, Setting, & Theme)

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Character
Revealed through the character's actions, speech, and appearance
Protagonist
Central character in the plot's conflict
Antagonist
The force in conflict with the protagonist, may be society, nature, fate, self, or another person
Foil
A character whose traits are in direct contrast to those of the principal character
Stereotype
A character who possesses expected traits of a group rather than being an individual
Character Development
Showing the multitude of traits and behaviors that give the literary character the complexity of a human being
Flat Character
Not fully developed, we only know one side of the character
Round Character
Fully developed, with many traits- bad and good
Static Character
One who does not experience a basic character change during the course of the story
Dynamic Character
One who experiences a basic change in character through the events of the story
Conflict
The struggle between the protagonist and an opposing force
Person against Self
Internal conflict (struggle with self)
Person against Person
Interpersonal conflict (struggle with other person)
Person against Society
Protagonist is in conflict with the values of society
Person against Nature
Protagonist is threatened by an element of nature
Person against Fate
Protagonist must contend against a fact over which people have little control
Exposition
The opening of the story, meet characters and setting
Rising Action
When things begin to escalate, takes the reader from the exposition and to climax
Climax
The most suspenseful part of the story
Turning Point
The point in which the story changes
Falling Action
Events leading to the resolution
Resolution
The point at the end of a story where a solution is come to after the falling action
Theme
The underlying meaning of the story, a significant statement and universal truth
Setting
Includes the time period and place in which the story takes place