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Literary Terms. Character=Who? Theme=What, why? Plot=Where, When, What. Character. -person or thing who carries out the action in a novel, play, etc. Protagonist/Main Character : the most important character in a piece of literature.
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Literary Terms Character=Who? Theme=What, why? Plot=Where, When, What
Character -person or thing who carries out the action in a novel, play, etc. Protagonist/Main Character: the most important character in a piece of literature.
Antagonist: the character who is in conflict with the protagonist (main character).
Characterization • Method the author uses to tell about the character. • Physical description (looks) • What the character says and does • What others say about the character • What motivates the character (why they act the way they do)
Theme -what the reader is supposed to learn about life from a literary work—a lesson for example. This concept may be more clearly explained this way: • the central idea of a story (NOT the main idea)
Theme (Continued) • sometimes a theme is stated as a moral or lesson at the end • the idea is one that can be applied outside of the story to your life.
Plot Refers to the story set-up and process. The terms that follow are all part of the plot:
Conflict -the central problem in a piece of literature. Conflicts may be Internal, or in the mind (ex: a difficult decision) Or be External (a fight with another person, battling illness, nature)
Exposition The exposition introduces the main character(s), the setting, and the basic situation leading to the conflict (problem).
Rising Action refers to the increase in tension in a story. In other words, the problem becomes more serious or intense. Suspense will increase
The Climax the point in the story when the problem is at the point where there must be a solution--good or bad.
Falling Action the problem has moved beyond the climax and the tension is reduced.
Resolution the point at which the problem has been worked out. The resolution to a problem in literature DOES NOT have to be a happy one
Plot Graphic Climax (maximum suspense) Rising Action(more suspense) Falling Action(less suspense) Resolution(problem is over) Exposition (Beginnings of problem introduced)