Lit terms for short stories

Lit terms for short stories - The Language of...

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The Language of Literature—Literary Terms—PIB 9 L.A.  Literary Genres Fiction—literature based on the imagination Short story—a tale meant to be read in one sitting Novel—a longer work of fiction Non-fiction—writing based on fact Examples: essay, speech, biography, autobiography, memoir Elements of Fiction (Theme, Plot, Point of View, Tone, Characterization, Setting) Theme —author’s central message or insight about life Plot— story line; series of related events Exposition—background information given at the beginning of a story; introduces characters and setting Complication—the onset and development of the major conflict Rising action—events rising to climax Crisis/Boiling Point—part of the action where the conflict reaches its greatest tension; a decision or an  action to resolve the conflict is undertaken; leads directly to the climax Climax—consequence of the crisis; the high point of action or tension in a story; no new major  developments follow the climax Falling action—events after the climax, before the resolution Resolution/denouement—final outcome of the story; tension and uncertainty are resolved Freytag’s pyramid— Foreshadowing—use of subtle hints or clues to suggest events yet to occur Flashback—when the author interrupts the plot to relate events of an earlier time period Suspense—feeling of curiosity or uncertainty about upcoming events
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