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Novel Terms



Main character - the most important character in the story

Minor character - they interact with the main characters, but may not be important

Flat character - reveals only one personality

Round character - show various traits, which may seem contradictory

Static character - remain the same

Dynamic character - changes during the story

Stereotype - a flat character, of a familiar repeated type

Climax - the point of greatest emotional intensity, interest or suspense

Diction - the writers’ choice of words, an important element in the writers voice or style

Epic - a long narrative poem that depicts the story of a hero

Foil - a character whose traits contrast with those of another

Foreshadowing - the use of clues by the author to prepare readers for the events

Genre - a category of literature work characterized by a particular style or form

Inversion - reversal of the usual word in order in a prose sentence or line

Magical realism - fiction that combines fantasy and realism, Latin American writers

Allusion - a reference in a work of literature to a character, place or situation

Moral - a practical lesson of right or wrongdoing on conduct

Novel - a book length fictional narrative

Prose narrative - literature that is written in sentence or paragragh form

Oral tradition - literature that is passed down from generation to genration

Romance - a story of knight hero, his adventures and passionate love

Stream of consciousness - a writing technique that allows a character to flow

Voice - the authors’ distinctive use of language, the personality to the readers