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Glossary of Elements of Fiction Vocab

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setting
time and place of the story; geographic location
character
people or things that are involved in the story
dynamic
character that changes throughout the story
static
stays the same
flat
what you see is what you get
round
more depth to them
plot
story line/ what happens
4 types of conflict(problems that arise)
Man vs. Man
Man vs. Self
Man vs. Society
Man vs. Nature
theme
central idea, main idea, moral
point of view
vantage point from which the story was told
1st person
I
3rd person
narrator, he/she (knows what one person thinks)
3rd Omniscient
all knowing (knows what everyone thinks)
style
way the author writes
tone
mood/manner of speaking/ attitude
Types of Irony
Verbal- what is said contrast the meaning
Dramatic- discrepancy between what the author says and what the reader knows is true
Situational- Disparity between what is and what is logically expected
Symbolism
literal use of an object, person, action, etc. to represent a larger, perhaps universal meaning

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