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PLOT DIAGRAM
Climax
Plot
(Events of
the Rising
Action)

Denouement

Resolution

Exposition
1. Setting
2.Character
Introduction

The Magic in Writing

Conflict

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Literary Terms for Short Stories
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Genres - the types of literature
• short stories
• drama
• nonfiction
• poetry
• novels
exposition - introduction of the characters and setting
setting - the specifics of most of the action of the plot
• time
• place
• mood
conflict - the central problem propelling the characters into the plot
• one versus another or others (including "society")
• one versus nature (including animals, storms, diseases, etc.)
• one versus self (AKA the Internal Conflict, ultimately asking the Big Question, as Hamlet said, "To
be, or not to be, that is the question." [suicide])
climax • the point of no return in the plot
• the point at which the outcome is most