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22 Cards in this Set

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The ordinary form of written language. Most writing that is not poetry, drama, or song is consedered prose.
A lesson taught by a literary work.
The main and most important character of literary work - the focus of the readers attention
A struggle between two opposing forces. Conflict is important in stories because it causes the action that forms the plot.
External Conflict
A character struggles against some outside person or force, such as person vs person, person vs. nature, person vs. animals, etc.
Internal Conflict
Stuggle that takes place within a character's mind. The character stuggles to reach some new underestanding or to make an important decision. Literary works can have at the same time several conflicts, both internal and external.
Central Conflict
The most important conflict in a literary work
a person or animal who take part in the action of a literary work.
The time and place of the action. It includes not only the historical period, but talso the year, season, time of day and even the weather.
the sequence of related events that make up a literary works. Plot usualy involves a conflict, climax, and resolution.
is the story highest points of interest, the turning point, after whcih the story winds down.
at this point the conflict is solved and the reader learns the outcome of the plot. Although most literary works have resolutions, there are some that are ambiguious in the end and do not have completed resoultion.
A type of figurative language in which a non human subject is given human characteristsics.
a concrete object or image that represents something abstract (an emotion, feeling, idea, theme). In literature, symbols are often used to represent, or symbolixe, themes or important ideas in literary work. The symbol's meaning is not stated outright, the reader usually has to infer what the symbol stands sfor.
Third Person Narrator
a narrator who stands outside the action and speaks about it. Example: He went to the store and bought bread.
First person narrator
a narrator who is telling the story and participating in the action himself. Example: i went to the store and bought breade. (the narrator of a literary work is not neccessarily the same as the author, poet, or writer of the work.)
the art of creating and developing a character.
Direct characterization
When the writer states a character's traits or characteristics.
Round character
a character that is fully devloped, the charater's backfround is revealed and his or her personality traits, both good and bad.
Flate Character
seems to possess only one or two personality traits, and little, if any personal history.
Dynamicc character
changes in the course of a story
static character
does not change.