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Short Story Terms

Teacher: Hugh Dwyer
a narrative that serves as an extended metaphor.
refers to fiction and drama of the late nineteenth century that concentrated on ordinary middle-class existence and its daily concerns
in literature refers to fiction or poetry that focuses on specific features – including characters, dialects, customs, history, and topography – of a particular region.
a recurring object, concept, or structure in a work of literature.
a multi-faceted character, especially one who is capable of choosing right or wrong.
a character who undergoes no such change.
the central problem or issue to be resolved in a plot
the perspective from which a story is narrated.
a term used in different ways: for the main idea
a form or category of literature, such as epic, tragedy, comedy and satire.
a short story depicting a decisive incident that initiates a character into a higher state of awareness
a pattern of sound that includes the repetition of consonant sounds.
a reference in a literary work to a person, place, or thing in history or another work of literature.
a character (or sometimes a thing) in conflict with the main character
a short, unadorned prose fiction that teaches a moral lesson.
a short narrative that illustrates a moral, philosophical or spiritual lesson.
a one-dimensional character who has only a few, easily defined traits.
the revelation (usually early) in a story or play of necessary background information.
resolution or conclusion: the scene in which a plot reaches its final outcome
a sudden moment of realization in a story or play
a character type used repeatedly, often a stereotype
an interruption of the chronological sequence (as of a film or literary work) of an event of earlier occurrence.
a hint that is fully understood only in retrospect after the reader discovers more information later in the plot.
the attitude the author expresses of his/her topic
a literary term referring to how a person, situation, statement, or circumstance is not as it would actually seem.
main character who has a conflict to resolve.
a thing or object that suggests more than its literal meaning.
a short prose fiction usually depicting a single incident
The location and time that a story takes place in.
a character who changes, especially one who comes to a major realization.
the high point of tension in a plot, when the outcome is decided.
a short narrative, usually lacking in detail, with unrealistic and sometimes fantastic characters and events.