Short Story Literary Terms - Typepad

Short Story Literary Terms - Typepad

Short Story Literary Terms Literary Terms Character protagonist The main character in a story. antagonist The character who opposes the main character. Literary Terms - Character Static Character One who does not change much, if at all, over the course of the

story. Dynamic Character A character who changes as a result of the events of the story. Flat character: Round character: Has Has only only one one or or two two traits traits and

and these these can can be be described in a few words. described in a few words. Is Is like like a a real real person; person; has has many many different different

character traits which sometimes character traits which sometimes contradict contradict one one another another Literary Terms Point of View (vantage point from which the writer tells the story) Omniscient (or all-knowing) The person telling the story knows everything there is to know about the characters and their problems.

First-person One of the characters is the narrator of the story; uses the pronoun I. The reader only knows what this character knows. Third-person limited The events of the story are related through the eyes of a third-person narrator who plays no part in the story; uses the pronouns he/she. Conflict Struggle or clash between opposing characters or opposing forces:

External conflict a character struggles against an outside force Internal conflict a struggle which takes place entirely within a characters own mind Common types of conflict: Man Man Man Man Man

versus versus versus versus versus man nature society fate self Setting & Plot Setting = the time and place of the story Plot = a series of related events that make up a story or drama Exposition introduction to characters and setting, background information Rising action introduction of conflict, complicating

factors Climax crisis or turning point in the story; main character takes decisive action to end the conflict Falling action final details are worked out and the ending is suggested Resolution/denouement all remaining loose ends are tied up Language Diction a writers or speakers choice of words Connotation all the meanings, associations, or emotions that a word suggests Denotation the dictionary definition of a word Style the way a writer presents his/her ideas Informal/plain style simple, clear, everyday use of language Formal/ornate style elaborate, formal use of language Local color - distinctive, sometimes picturesque

characteristics or peculiarities of a place or period as represented in literature or drama, or as observed in reality. Short story unit terms: Genre Suspense Theme Mood Tone Dialogue

Flashback Literary Devices Foreshadowing Imagery Metaphor Personification Simile Symbol/symbolism

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