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Plot

Sequence of events or happenings in a literary work

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Character

Person, animal, thing, natural force appearing in a short story, novel, play, or narrative Poe

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Point of view

Vantage point form which a story is told

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Theme

Main idea or the basic meaning of a literary work

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Setting

Time, place, and environment of action in a narrative

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Suspense

Quality of a literary work that makes the reader or audience uncertain or tense about the outcome

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Conflict

Struggle between two opposing forces or characters

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External conflict

Man vs man
Man vs society
Man vs nature
Man vs unknown

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Internal conflict

Man vs himself

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Tone

Attitude a writer take toward his or her subject, characters, or readers

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Symbol

Any object, person, place, or action, that has meaning in itself and that also stands for sow,thing larger than itself, such as a quality, attitude, a belief, or a value

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Mood

Feeling that a writer creates in the reader

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Single effect

Elements of fiction work together to create one mood

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Fiction

Anything that is invented or imagined especially a prose narrative

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Flat character

Have only one or two "sides"

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Dynamic character

Characters experience change in personality

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Static character

Remain the same throughout a narrative

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Round character

Complex and have many "sides"

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First person pov

Story told by one of story's characters in his/her words. "I"

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Omniscient pov

All-knowing narrator who can describe all characters thoughts/feelings

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Limited omniscient

All-knowing narrator who relates one character's thoughts/feelings

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Objective pov

Objective observer relates only what can be seen or heard

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Foreshadowing

The use of hints or clues narrative to suggest what action is to come

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Verbal irony

When speakers or writers say the opposite of what they mean

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Situational irony

When what happens in a particular situation is the opposite of what is expected

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Dramatic irony

When the reader or listener has information that is not known by the character involved

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Irony

A contradictory statement or situation; the opposite of what is expected

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Exposition

Background info; needed to understand story

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Complication

Series of difficulties forming central action

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Climax

Turning point of the story