Enjoying a Story through Poetic Devices 1) Climax—the turning point of the action in the plot of a story. The climax represents the point of greatest tension in the work. 2) Complication—an intensification of the conflict in a story. Complication builds up, accumulates, and develops the primary or central conflict in a literary work. 3) Conflict—a struggle between opposing forces in a story, usually resolved by the end of the work. The conflict may occur within a character as well as between characters. 4) Denouement—the resolution of the plot of a literary work. 5) Dialogue—the conversation of characters in a work of fiction. In fiction, dialogue is usually enclosed within quotation marks. 6) Diction—the selection of words in a literary work. A work’s diction forms one of its centrally important elements, as writers use words to convey action, reveal character, imply attitudes, identify themes, and suggest values. 7) Exposition—the first stage of a fictional or dramatic plot, in which necessary background
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2008 for the course ENGL 107 taught by Professor Merritt during the Fall '08 term at Arizona.