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genre
a division or type of literature
plot
sequence of events in a literary work
exposition
part of plot that introduces the setting, characters, and the basic situation
narrative hook
part of plot that makes you want to keep on reading
rising action
contains conflict and builds suspense
climax/crisis
highest point of action; most intense point in the plot
falling action
part of plot which is a result of the climax and when tension starts to "die down"
resolution/denovement
part of plot that ties up all the loose ends; reader "figures everything out"
character
a person or animal that takes part in the action of literary work
protagonist
the main character in a literary work who the audience is rooting for (good guy)
antagonist
a character or force in conflict with the protugonist (bad guy)
secondary character
a minor character; less important
round character
character that is complex and has many sides or traits
flat character
character that has only one or two traits and no depth
static character
a character who does not change throughout the story
dynamic character
a character that experiences a change as a result of the story event
theme
main idea or basic meaning of literary work
conflict
a struggle between opposing forces or characters
internal conflict
conflict exists only in the mind of the character (person vs. self)
external conflict
a character struggles against an outside force (person v. person, etc.)
irony
a contrast between expectation and reality
verbal irony
(sarcasm) a writer or speaker says one thing but really means something entirely different
situational irony
a contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually does take place
dramatic irony
the audience or reader knows something important that a character in the play or story does not know