A French term meaning "unraveling" or "unknotting" to describe that portion of a plot that reveals the final outcome of its conflicts or the solution of its mysteries.
A situation in which a character must choose between two courses of action, both undesirable
Direct Presentation of a Character
Method of characterization in which the author, by exposition or analysis, tells us directly what a character is like, or has someone else in the story to do so.
Writing that departs from the narrative or dramatic mode and instructs the reader how to think or feel about the events of a story or the behavior of a character.
In fiction, when a character suddenly experiences a deep realization, insight, or revelation, usually related to something generally commonplace.
Literature written purely for entertainment, with little or no attempt to provide insight into the true nature of human life or behavior; it follows a pattern of conventional reader expectations.
A narrative device that provides necessary background information about the characters and their circumstances
A brief story that sets forth some pointed statement of truth.
A usually short story that sets forth strange and wonderful events in more or less bare summary without detailed character-drawing
The segment of the plot that comes between the climax and the conclusion.
A kind of fiction that pictures creatures and events beyond the boundaries of known reality.
A narrated scene that marks a break in the narrative in order to inform the reader or audience member about events that took place before the opening scene of a work.
The introduction of verbal and dramatic hints or clues that suggest a later action.
An ending in which events turn out well for a sympathetic protagonist.
An ending in which the central problem is left unresolved.
Indirect representation of character
Method of characterization in which the author shows us a character in action, compelling us to infer what the character is like from what is said or done by the character.
Provides valid insights into the nature of human life or behavior.
A situation in which there is an incongruity between the appearance and reality, expectation and fulfillment, or the actual situation and what would seem appropriate.
An incongruity or discrepancy between what a character says or thinks and what the reader knows to be true (or between what a character perceives and what the author intends the reader to perceive).
A discrepancy between what a character aspires to and what universal forces provide; occurs when a writer uses God, destiny or fate to dash the hopes and aspirations of a character or humankind in general.