Literary Terms – Plot

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Last updated: April 30, 2019
plot
series of related events that make up a story or drama

setting
time and place of a literary work

protagonist
the main character, usually the “good guy”

antagonist
the person or force that blocks the main character (“bad guy”)

internal conflict
a struggle between two opposing needs, desires, or emotions within a single character

external conflict
a struggle between a characer and an outside force, which may be nother character, society as a whole, or something in nature

theme
the central idea or insight about human life revealed by a work of literature; the revelation the writer wishes the reader to discover about the subject of the literary work

mood
a story’s atmosphere or the feeling it evokes in the reader

tone
the attitude a writer takes toward a subject

diction
a writer’s or speaker’s choice of words

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