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Transcript of Literary Terms
a character in
fiction whose personality, background,motives, and other features are fully delineated (outlined) by the author flat character:
an easily recongnizable
character type in fiction who may not be fully delineated but is useful in carrying out some narrative purpose of the author static character:
a literary or dramatic character who undergoes little or no inner change dynamic character:
a literary or dramatic character who undergoes an important inner change, as a change in personality or attitude Conflict ! : ( \ \ external conflict:
struggle between a literary or dramatic character and an outside force such as nature or another character, which drives the dramatic action of the plot internal conflict:
psychological struggle within the mind of a literary or dramatic character, the resolution of which creates the plot's suspense Point of View first person:
the person used by the speaker in statements refferring to himself or herself or to a group including himself or herself (as "I" and "we" in English) third person omniscient:
(uses "he" and "she") the narrator can tell you what any character is thinking limited:
(uses "he", "she", and, "them) the narrator only knows what one character's thoughts, and can only tell you other characters' actions, not thoughts Other words that you need to know dialogue:
conversation between two or more persons sharing ideas or opinions plot:
the storyline; the plan, scheme, or main story 4 Types of Conflict Person vs. Person: conflict between 2 individuals Person vs. Nature: struggle between a person and an outside force Person vs. Self: a character goes through a struggle with themselves Person vs. Society: where a person confronts or resists the normals or general persuasion of society tone:
any sound considered with reference to its quality, pitch, strength, source, etc... Flashback:
by which an event or scene taking place before the present time in the narrative is inserted into the chronological structure of the work narration:
something narrated; an account, a story Symbol:
an object representing another object foreshadowing:
to show or indicate beforehand the person used by a speaker in referring to the one or ones to whom he or she is speaking: in English you is a second person Second Person: Exposition:
the act of expounding, setting forth, or explaining resolution:
a decision or determination main idea:
the most important or central thought of a paragraph or larger section of text, which tells the reader what the text is about rising action:
a related series of incidents in a literary plot that builds toward the point of greatest interest climax:
the highest or most intense point of interestor is a major turning point in a plot falling action:
the part of a literary plot that occurs after the climax is reached and the conflict has been resolved mood:
a state or quality of feeling at a particular time theme:
a subject or discourse, discussion, meditation, or composition; the topic