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Collection 2 Vocabulary

Page history last edited by VRBurton 9 years, 7 months ago

These are the terms you should know

as you read and analyze the stories in this collection.

Characterization 

The way writers create characters in a story. In direct

characterization, writers tell us directly what a character is like

(“good” or “evil” or “lazy”). In indirect characterization you use clues

in the story to decide what kind of person a character is. Clues may

be descriptions of how the character acts, speaks, and thinks and how

other people respond to the character.

Protagonist

The main character in a story.

Antagonist

The character that the main character (protagonist) struggles

against.

Subordinate characters

Minor characters in the story.

Motivations

The reasons behind a character’s actions and feelings.

Flat character

A character who is not fully developed in the story. A flat

character is almost never the main character.

Round character

A character who is fully developed, just as a person in

actual life is.

Dynamic character

A character who changes during the story. The change

might involve recognition of some truth about life.

Static character

A character who does not change during the story.

Dialogue

The conversations characters have with other characters.

First-person narration

A story told by an “I” narrator. An “I” narrator

is a character in the story.

 

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