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Story Terms - English
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A reference to a person or event from history or literature, eg., "He was a real Romeo."
The major character in a narrative or drama that works against the hero or protagonist.
The overall feeling we get from the story from words and images used to describe the setting, eg., cheerful, anxious, menacing.
A person from the story.
A brief description of a character that shows attitudes, feelings, thoughts, and personality. It also describes if a person changes in the story.
A struggle between opposing forces.
A struggle inside a person.
A struggle against the environment, nature or society, or struggle against another person [interpersonal].
The central conflict that moves the plot forward.
Secondary conflict that does not influence the plot a great deal.
The actual words that characters speak.
Presenting something that happened before the story that helps explain the current situation.
Provides clues about events that may happen later in the story.
When what a character says and thinks he or she means is actually different from what the audience perceives is meant.
When there is a difference between what is expected to happen and what actually does happen.
The speaker who tells the story.
The author's arrangement of events that make up the action of a story, includes Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, and Resolution.
Background material about the characters, setting, and situation.
Any obstacle/problem that increases the tension of the story.
A series of events in the story that builds the suspense.
The moment when the action comes to its highest point of conflict.
Pulls together all the loose threads of the story.
Point of View
The perspective from which the story is told.
First person [eg., I]
The narrator participates in the action of the story.
Third Person [eg., he, she, Mary, Mr. Tucker, etc.]
The narrator does not participate in the action of the story, may he classified as Omniscient or Limited.
The narrator presents the thoughts of more than one of the characters.
The narrator presents only his or her own thoughts which is only one side of the story.
The main character in a story.
Time, place, and circumstances (in one sentence) of a story.
How the author keeps the reader interested and wondering what will happen next.
The story's main message or statement.
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