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  • setting

    the time and place of a story


    a comparison between two unlike things using a word


    a minor plot that relates in some way to the main story


    The process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character


    Most exciting moment of the story; turning point


    A person in a story


    A struggle between two opposing forces




    A brief story that leads to a moral, often using animals as characters

    figure of speech

    A device used to produce figurative language. Many compare dissimilar things. Figures of speech include apotrophe hyperbole irony metaphor oxymoron paradox personification simile syneddoche understatement

    folk tale

    A story passed down from person to person by word of mouth


    A warning or indication of a future event

    historical fiction

    A type of realistic fiction that takes place in a particular time period in the past. Often the setting is real, but the characters are made up from the author's imagination.


    Having to do with letters or literature


    A lyric poem usually marked by serious, respectful, and exalted feelings toward the subject.


    A word that imitates the sound it represents.

    parallel episodes

    repeated elements of the plot


    Sequence of events in a story


    a person who writes plays

    short story

    A brief work of fiction


    a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen.


    A topic of discussion or writing; a major idea broad enough to cover the entire scope of a literary work.

    tall tale

    an outrageously exaggerated, humorous story that is obviously unbelievable

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