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Protagonist

main character in a story

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Antagonist

Opponent of the protagonist

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Foil

character who highlights another character's traits by contrast

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Flat character

one-dimensional

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Round character

three-dimensional

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Static character

Unchanging

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Dynamic character

undergoes significant change

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Plot

The story. Exposition➡️ Rising Action➡️ Climax➡️ Falling Action➡️Denouement

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Archetype

An original model or pattern which forms the basis for everything of the same type. (Blueprint/template)

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Symbol

An object which represents something greater.

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Metaphor

Direct comparison between unlike things

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Simile

Comparison between unlike things using like or as

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Personification

Attributing human traits to anything inhuman

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Foreshadow

Hints/clues about what will happen later

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Internal conflict

Emotional problems

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External conflict

Physical problems

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Tone

Author's attitude towards a subject

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Theme

The main idea/message explored in a work

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Setting

Time/place

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Satire

Using humor to point out human/society's flaws

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Verisimilitude

The appearance of truth

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Deus ex machina

"God from the Machine."

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Imagery

Sensory language

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Irony

Reversal of expectations

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Allusion

A reference to anything outside the story

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Allegory

A story in which characters/setting/plot have symbolic value.

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Dialect

Regional variation of speaking