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foreshadowing
events or symbols occurring early in a story which hint at the outcome of the plot
climax
the point of the story whihc everything leads up to; the highest point of action
plot
a series of events which makes up a story; what happens in a story
irony
an unexpected twist of events in a story
symbol
an object or event which, because of the way it is used comes to mean more than it usually does; somethign tha tstands for another bigger idea
motivation
the moving force behind a character's actions and wordsl the personality traits that influence his actions
tone, mood, atmosphere
the all-over feeling a story has around it, such as calmness, horror, fun, etc.
theme
the central idea or subject of a story
moral
what a story tries to teach its reader to do or be
conflict
problems on which stories are based; may occur between individuals and/or groups of humans or animals
inconguity
two things which do not "fit" together normally
universality
that which is true for almost everyone, almost ever place, at almost any time
exposition
the setting forth of the major conflict of the story
denouement
the part of the story in which tension is relaxed and the reader is let down gently to an ending
resolution
the tying up of loose ends of a storyl the solving of all the conflicts
crisis
the decisive moment in a literary plot
setting
the time and place of a story
point of view
advantage point of a perspective from the narrator
understatement
"sarcasm" (ie: no kidding)
character
individuals/actors/people in the story
objective
"like a reporter" what you're going after. goal
omniscient
all knowing
flashback
memory
allusion
trick to the eyes
flat character
one dimensional, very predictable
hero
main character, protagonist of the story
foil
when something contradicts something else
antagonist
villain of the story