Literary Terms. We will be using these literary terms throughout the school year. You need to keep up with your notes. Don’t lose your terms! You might be able to use them on some quizzes– be RESPONSIBLE!!. 1. Character. A character is a person or an animal that takes part
We will be using these literary terms throughout the school year.
You need to keep up with your notes. Don’t lose your terms! You might be able to use them on some quizzes–
A character is a person or an animal that takes part
in a story.
The main character in a story; most of the time,
this will be the good guy
The character in conflict with the main character.
The time and place of the action in a story
The sequence of events in a story.
Introduces the characters, the setting, and the
basic situation of a story.
Begins to occur as soon as the conflict is introduced;
adds complications to the conflict and increases
The highest point of interest or suspense in the
The action that typically follows the climax and
reveals its results.
The part of the plot that concludes or ends the
story; the outcome of the conflict is usually
A struggle between opposing forces (a problem).
Occurs when a character struggles against some
Examples: Man vs. Man
Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Society
Occurs within the mind of a character. This is a
struggle within one’s self.
Man vs. Self
The feeling created in the reader by a story.
A literary device in which an earlier episode,
conversation, or event is inserted into the
sequence of events.
Clues that hint at what might happen later
in the story. This is used to build a readers’
expectations and to create suspense.
The growing interest and excitement
readers experience while reading a story.
The central message, purpose, or concern in a
story. It may be stated directly although it is more
often presented indirectly.
The person who tells the story.
Aconversation between two or more characters.