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Flashcards in Plot Terms Deck (15)
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Atmosphere

-effect of physical environment

2

Tone

-author's or speaker's attitude

3

Conflict

-interplay of opposing forces

4

Comic Relief

-lightens the narrative

5

Complication

-plot reversals

6

Deus Ex Machina

-a contrived ending
-usually some divine character is introduced in order to resolve the story

7

Epiphany

-sudden awareness

8

Flashback

-device to supply background

9

Foreshadowing

-hints at coming events

10

Stream of Consciousness

-thoughts and feelings recorded as they occur
-one can easily see the perceptions of the narrator

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Theme

-central idea

12

Motif

-often repeated idea or theme that helps show the central idea of the story

13

Plot

-exposition, rising action, climax, falling action

14

Denouement

-resolution, outcome replicating thought

15

In Medias Res

-beginning in the middle of things