Story Element Terminology & Notes Flashcards


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fiction

Stories that are made up

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What is a short story?

Fiction that usually revolves around one character and is short enough to read in one
sitting.

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What is a novel?

Fiction that is longer and involves a complicated plot

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Setting:

The time, place, and duration in which the action of a story takes place.

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Duration:

The time that an event continues or lasts

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Protagonist:

The main character in the story who is involved in the main conflict of the
plot – Usually undergoes a change.

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Antagonist:

The character who is in conflict with the protagonist.

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Static Character:

A character who stays the same throughout the story

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Dynamic Character:

A character who changes throughout the story

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Point of View:

The perspective from which a story is told.

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First Person:

Written from the perspective of a character in which the character
is also the narrator

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Third Person Limited:

Written from the perspective of an outside observer. The
reader will know the thoughts and feelings of a single character through the
narrator.

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Third Person Omniscient:

Written from the perspective of an outside observer.
The reader will know the thoughts and feelings of multiple characters through
the narrator.

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Conflict:

A struggle between opposing forces. There are two types of conflict: Internal
and External

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External Conflict:

A struggle between a character and an outside force.
a. Individual vs. Individual
b. Individual vs. nature
c. Individual vs. society
d. Individual vs. Fate/supernatural
e. Individual vs. technology

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Internal Conflict:

A struggle inside or within a character: individual vs. self

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Plot:

The sequence of events in a story

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Exposition:

the beginning of the story where the characters and setting are
introduced

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Rising action:

this is the build up of tension. It is the action in the story that leads
to the climax. We will usually find lots of conflict in the rising action.

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Climax:

The turning point in the plot. The moment the story or character
changes.

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Falling action:

All the events following the climax are calming down, loose ends
are tied up.

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Resolution:

The conclusion or end of a story.

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Theme:

The lesson, moral, or main message the writer wishes to share with the reader.
Most themes are not stated directly. The reader must infer based on details and events.

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Mood:

The mood is the feelings that a writer wants readers to have while reading. It is
the atmosphere that is created.

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Tone:

The author expresses an attitude about the subject matter through word usage
and context clues.

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Foreshadowing:

When an author gives clues so the reader can better predict what will
happen later in the story.

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Flashback:

When the narrator pauses the main story line to tell about an event that
happened before the main story.