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rising action
the author creates some sort of comflict for the protagonist
Antagonist
the character, force,or collection of forces that opposes the protagonist
Antihero
a protagonist who has the opposite of most of the traditional heros
Canon
those works generally considered by scholars, critics, and teachers to be the most important to read and study
Character
a person presented in a dramatic or narrative work
Conflict
the struggle within the plot b/t opposing forces (prot. and antag.)
Cultural criticism
focuses on the historical as well as social, political, and economic contexts of a work
formula fiction
are the adventurek western, dectective, science fiction, and romance novels that entertain readers
plot
the authors arrangement of incidents in a story
flashback
a device that informs us about events that happened before the opening scene of a work
character
imagined person in the story
exposition
the background information tht reader needs to make sense of the situation in which the characters are placed
foreshadowing
suggest what is to come later by the introduction in earlier in the story
hero
central character who engages the readers interest and empathy
heroine
central character who engages the reader interest and empathy
suspense
reader is made anxious about what is going to happen
climax
the moment of greatest emotional tention
resolution
the conclusion of a plot's conflicts
denouement
french term meaning unraveling or unknotting used to describe the resolution of the plot following the climax
showing
allows the author to present a character talking and acting and lets the reader infer what kind of person the character is
telling
the author intervenes to describe and sometimes evaluate the character for the reader
setting
context in which the action of a story occurs
in medias
common strategy of beginning of the story in the middle of the action
protagonist
the main character of a narrative