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Characterization
The methods a writer uses to communicate information about characters to readers.
Direct Characterization
When the author tells the reader directly about a character.
Indirect characterization
When the author shows the character in action and lets the reader draw his/her own conclusions.
Climax
The moment when the action comes to its highest point of dramatic conflict. Most often, the climax occurs before the acutal ending of the story.
Complication
Any obstacle that increases the tension of the story conflict
Conflict
The central source of tension and drama in the story.
Dialogue
Actual words that the characters speak
Exposition
Background material about characters, setting, and dramatic situation with which the author introduces the essentials of the story to the reader
Falling action
The part of the story following the climax and leading to the resolution in which there is a sharp decline in dramatic tension.
Foreshadowing
A writing technique that gives readers clues about events that will happen later in the story
Narrator
The speaker who tells the story.
Point of view
Omniscient
Limited
The perspective from which the story is told. Omniscient: if the narrator is outside the story and presents the thoughts of many characters involved
Limited: When the story is told from the viewpoint of one character who can only see a part of a whole story.
Protagonist
Central character of the story. The character that is often written as "the hero."
Resolution
Conclusion of the story.
Rising Action
The part of the story, including exposition, in which the tension rises.
Setting
The environment of the story.
Symbol
An object, character, or action that stands for an idea beyond its literal meaning
Theme
The story's main ideas, the message that the author tries to communicate throughout the story. Themes are often universal truths suggested by the specifics of the story.
Flashback
A scene that takes place in a previous time than the present time in the novel
Plot
Arrangement of story events that defintes a novle's structure.