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  1. Literary element & their definitions

  2. Short story

  3. a brief work of fiction which presents a sequence of events or plot

  4. fiction

  5. literary work based on the imagination, not fact

  6. protagonist

  7. the main character in a literary work

  8. antagonist

  9. a character or force in conflict with a main character, or protagonist

  10. Suspense

  11. a feeling of anxious uncertainty about the outcome of events in a literary work

  12. Irony

  13. a contradiction between what happens and what is expected

  14. Motive/ • Motivation

  15. the reason that explains or partially explains a character's thoughts, feelings, action, or speech

  16. Character

  17. a person or animal that takes part in a narrative (story)

  18. Mood

  19. the overall feeling that a literary work or passage creates for the reader

  20. Charactertraits

  21. the qualities, attitude, and values that a character has or displays

  22. Word Choice/ • Diction

  23. an important factor in creating the tone or mood of a literary work

  24. Characterization

  25. The method an author uses to acquaint the reader with his or her characters through • Appearance and personality • Speech and behavior • Thoughts and feelings • Opinions of others

  26. Exposition

  27. Mr. Green: the banker Mrs. Scarlet: the loan officer Where: in the Living Room When: at midnight What: fight with the candlestick the introduction, the part of the work that introduces the characters, setting, and basic situation

  28. Inciting Incident/ • Initiating Event

  29. the event at the beginning of the story that causes another event to occur. The first event introduces the central conflict.

  30. Plot

  31. the sequence of events in a narrative (story)

  32. Setting

  33. the time and place and under what circumstances the story is taking place

  34. Conflict

  35. a struggle between opposing forces; can be internal or external

  36. Rising Action

  37. the events that increase the interest or suspense, building to the climax

  38. Point of View

  39. 1st person, narrator is a character in the story 3rd person , an outsider can only report what he sees or hears 3rd person, omniscient, an outsider who can enter the mind/s of one or more characters the perspective, or vantage point, from which a story is told

  40. Dialogue

  41. a conversation between characters.

  42. Tone

  43. the author’s attitude toward the audience and subject

  44. Climax

  45. the high point of interest or suspense in a story; also called the turning point

  46. Falling Action

  47. the events of a narrative following the climax

  48. Resolution

  49. the outcome of the conflict in a plot

  50. Theme