7th Grade Literary Terms Name: Genre Plot The time and place of the action. Theme A person, animal or creature who takes part in the action. The main character in the story who usually experiences conflicts. Antagonist Motivation The techniques an author uses to develop the personality of a character. Direct – the author makes direct statements about the character’s personality Indirect – the author reveals the character’s personality through the thoughts of the character and what others think and say about that character Round – a character who is well developed Flat – a character who is one-sided Dynamic – characters who change Static – characters that do not change A struggle between opposing forces. individual vs. individual individual vs. nature individual vs. society individual vs. supernatural individual vs. technology Internal Conflict The introduction of the setting, characters and plot of a story. Initiating Event Sequential events leading up to the climax. Climax Falling Action The new norm. What happens in the end. Dialogue The action that interrupts to show an event that happened at an earlier time which is necessary to better understanding. Foreshadowing The vantage point from which the story is told. First person – the story is told by a character. Third person – the story is told by a narrator who is not a character in the story. Third person omniscient – the narrator tells the story through all the characters’ feelings and thoughts. Third person limited omniscient – the narrator tells the story through only one character’s feelings and thoughts. The conflict between expectation and reality; between what is said and what is meant; between what appears to be true and what really is true. Tone Mood Repetition of final consonant sounds Repetition of vowel sounds A category or type of literature – Prose, Poetry and Drama Assonance Setting Irony Characters Protagonist Consonance Point of View Characterization External Conflict Exposition Rising Action Flashback Resolution The sequence of events in a literary work. (the action or events in a story) The turning point in the story where the problem is at its worse. The central message or insight the author wants us to learn. The moral of the story. The character that opposes the main character The words spoken by characters in a literary work. The use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in literature. The feeling created in the reader by a literary work. The driving force behind a character’s actions or thoughts A struggle inside a character. The introduction to the central conflict in the story. Sequential events that tie up loose ends and begin to resolve the conflict. The attitude a writer takes towards a subject or character.