Literary Terms: Fiction: Set 1

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Definition

antagonist

any character who opposes the protagonist

central conflict

the protagonist's main problem

character

an entity (animal or human) in a narrative

climax

the point of highest intensity/suspense

exposition

introductory portion of the story that introduces main characters, setting, and conflict

falling action

the events leading from the climax to the resolution

initial incident

something that "triggers" the rising action

mood

the feeling created by the imagery, setting, and tone

narrative

another word for story

narrator

the "voice" who tells the story; can be character or an observer

plot

sequence of events in a narrative

protagonist

the leading or central character

resolution

also called a "denouement"; reveals the outcome of the conflict

rising action

the events or decision building up to the climax

setting

the time and place; can be natural or manufactured