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Flashcards in Short Story Devices Deck (14):
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Theme

The message of the story- what can be learned about the writing

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Conflict

Drives the plot forward- internal or external conflict

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Internal conflict

When the conflict is inside the character- conflicting fears or goals

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External conflict

When the conflict is outside of the character- obvious to all other characters- the adversities faced by the character

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Point of view

The writer selects the point of view from which to tell the story that best suits his/ her intentions as a writer

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First person

“I” is the central character- tells own story

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Second person

The story is told about “you”

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Third person

Where the point of fee can be:
Omniscient
Limited omniscient
Objective

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Omniscient

Characters referred to as “he” “she” and the reader knows what’s going on in their heads

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Limited omniscient

Characters referred to as “he” “she” the reader knows what’s going on in some of their heads

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Objective

The story is about “he” “she” and the reader doesn’t see any of the characters thoughts

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Flashback

When a character thinks back to an event that occurred before the story began

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Foreshadowing

A hint of events to come

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Suspense

Anxiety or apprehension resulting from an undecided or mysterious situation- excited anticipation of an approaching climax in the reader