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Terms

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climax
the turning point in a plot
essay
short nonfiction work about a particular subject
internal conflict
A struggle with a character
metaphor
a comparison without using like or as
static characters
Characters who change a little, if at all, are called static characters.
personification
representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature
noun
a word that can serve as the subject or object of a verb
theme
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
helping verb
helps the verb do it's job
plot
the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.
informative article
provides facts about a subject
anecdote
A brief account of some interesting event or incident.
biography
n. A written account of one's life, actions, and character.
main verb
primary action or state of being
antagonist
someone who offers opposition
external conflict
A struggle between the protagonist and some outside force
simile
a comparison using like or as
denotation
the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression
narrator
someone who tells a story
exposition
background information on character or events in novel or play
fiction
a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
novel
a extended fictional work in prose
setting
arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
connotation
an idea that is implied or suggested
adjective
the word class that qualifies nouns
proper adjective
formed from a proper noun and begins with a capital letter
short story
a short piece of fiction having only a few characters
minor character
a character who plays a lesser role
dialect
the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people
flashback
an unexpected but vivid recurrence of a past experience (especially a recurrence of the effects of an hallucinogenic drug taken much earlier)
dynamic characters
Characters who change significantly are called dynamic characters.
interview
the questioning of a person (or a conversation in which information is elicited)
alliteration
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
characterization
the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features
autobiography
a biography of yourself
foreshadowing
the act of providing vague advance indications
verb
a content word that denotes an action or a state
conflict
opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)
pronoun
replaces a noun
dialogue
a literary composition in the form of a conversation between two people
main character
most important character in a story.
falling action
the falling action (or resolution) is characterized by diminishing tensions and the resolution of the plot's conflicts and complications
rising action
building towards climax
personal pronoun
a pronoun expressing a distinction of person
nonfiction
prose writing that presents and explains ideas or that tells about real people, places, objects, or events.
characters
the people (or animals, creatures, or objects) in a story.
protagonist
the main character, who must overcome obstacles and resolve the conflict
demonstrative pronoun
a pronoun that points out an intended referent
symbolism
the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning
antecedent
a preceding occurrence or cause or event

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