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The moment of highest suspense in the story
climax
The overall feeling of a literary work
mood
The series of related events in a story
plot
A distinct type or category of a literary work
genre
The struggle between two opposing forces
conflict
The method or methods that the author uses to maintain the reader's interest
suspense
The conclusion or end of a story where the conflict is resolved
resolution
Presents the conflict characters must overcome and the situation is established
rising action
The main character is known as the
protagonist
The opposing character is known as the
antagonist
The time and place of a story
setting
Person vs. nature is this kind of conflict
external conflict
The use of exaggeration to produce a comic effect
hyperbole
Person vs. him/herself is this kind of conflict
internal conflict
The main idea or message of a literary work
theme
The part of the story that introduces the plot
exposition
The author's attitude, stated or implied toward a subject and audience
tone
The methods an author uses to reveal the chracters in the story to the reader
characterization
Occurs when the audience or reader knows more than the characters do
dramatic irony
Something in a story that has meaning in itself but represents something else as well
symbol
The action that follows the climax and leads to the resolution of the story
falling action
A reasonable conclusion drawn from hints or other information given by the author
inference
The use of clues to suggest events that will occur later in the story
foreshadowing
A brief fictional narrative
short story
An interruption in the story to go back in time
flashback
A situation turns out to be completely different from what the reader expects
situational irony
The emotional associations surrounding a word as opposed to its literal meaning
connotation
Point of view when the narrator is an all-knowing outsider who can enter the minds of more than one character
third person omniscient
Literary work in which the author ridicules the vices or follies of people and society for purposes of producing a change in attitude or action
satire
Point of view when the narrator is an outsider who sees into the mind of one of the characters
third person limited