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Glossary of Literary Genre

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Characters
the people, animals, or imaginary creatures who take part in the action of a story The following terms are used to describe characters
Antagonist
the principal character in opposition to the protagonist in a narrative in drama. Sometimes the antagonist is not a character, but something else, life a force of nature, some aspect of society, or an internal force within the protagonist.
Protagonist
the central character or hero, usually the one with whom the audience tends to identify
Main Character
the most important character(s) in the story
Minor Characters
interact with the main character and move the story along
Dynamic Character
usually a main character who undergoes changes as the plot unfolds
Static Character
remains the same throughout the story
Flat Characters
are described simply or in only one dimension
Round Characters
are revealed through many, diverse traits
Conflict
Struggle between opposing forces

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