Elements of a Story

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Words Related to Literature - Elements of a Story

Here you will learn some English words related to elements of a story, such as "gnome", "conflict", and "backstory".

Words Related to Literature
antagonistnoun

someone who strongly opposes another person or thing

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antiheronoun

the main character in a movie, book, etc. who lacks heroic qualities such as being morally good

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arcnoun

the main theme or the continuous line in which a narrative develops

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backstorynoun

the events that have happened to a character before their story in a book, movie, etc. begins

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baddynoun

an evil character in fiction or a motion picture

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beginningnoun

the point at which something, such as an event, a story, etc. begins

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characterizationnoun

the way in which characters in a movie, book, etc. are created and represented by a writer

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characternoun

a person or an animal represented in a book, play, movie, etc.

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climaxnoun

the most significant moment in a story, play, movie, etc. with a high dramatic suspense

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conceitnoun

an elaborate image or a far-fetched metaphor, used in poetry

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conflict
conflictnoun

the opposition between different forces or characters in a work of fiction that results in dramatization

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conclusionnoun

the final event or part that marks the end of something

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direct speechnoun

(grammar) ‌a speaker's actual words, which are shown in quotation marks, in writing

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endnoun

the final part of something, such as an event, a story, etc.

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endingnoun

the final part of a story, movie, etc.

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episodenoun

an event or set of events in a literary or dramatic piece

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the first personnoun

a way of telling or writing a story in which things happen to the narrator and the story revolves around them

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goody
goodynoun

someone who is morally good, especially a character in a movie, play or book

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gnomenoun

a magical creature in the folklore which resembles a small old man who guards buried treasures

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hero
heronoun

the main male character in a story, book, movie, etc., typically known for great qualities

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heroine
heroinenoun

the main female character in a story, book, film, etc., typically known for great qualities

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hyperbolenoun

a way of exaggerating and emphasizing on something as a figure of speech

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imagerynoun

the figurative language in literature by which the audience can form vivid mental images

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indirect speechnoun

(grammar) the utterances of another speaker reported without using the exact words or directly quoting them

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introductionnoun

the part of a book or speech that gives you a brief account of what it is about

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leitmotifnoun

a theme that appears in a literary or musical piece several times and is associated with a particular person, idea or object

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love interestnoun

a character in a movie or narrative who is the romantic partner of the main character

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lyricismnoun

the creative and imaginative expression of powerful feelings in art, poetry, music, etc.

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messagenoun

a political, social or moral theme or idea that a movie, book, speech, etc. conveys

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metaphornoun

a type of figure of speech by which a person describes something or someone by referring to something or someone else to point out their similarities or emphasize them or give a better description of what they mean

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motifnoun

a subject, idea, or phrase that is repeatedly used in a literary work or musical composition

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narrationnoun

the act of telling or explaining a story, particularly in a movie, novel, etc.

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narrativenoun

a story or an account of something especially one that is told in a movie, novel, etc.

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narratornoun

the person who tells the story in a novel, poem, etc.

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passage
passagenoun

a brief part of a book, piece of music or other composition

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plotnoun

the events that are crucial to the formation and continuity of a story in a movie, play, novel, etc.

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poetic licensenoun

the freedom to deviate from facts, rules or conventional forms practiced by an artist or author in order to gain a desired effect

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point of viewnoun

the perspective from which the narrator tells a story

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prolixitynoun

the fact of being bombarded with words, therefore creating a tedious effect

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protagonistnoun

the main character in a movie, novel, TV show, etc.

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the second personnoun

a point of view in a story that uses the pronoun 'You' to imply that the audience is a character or the protagonist

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settingnoun

the time and place in which the story of a movie, play, etc. is taking place

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storylinenoun

the plot of a movie, play, novel, etc.

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stylenoun

a specific way of writing, designing, painting, etc. that is typical of a certain era , person, movement, place, etc.

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subplotnoun

a series of events in a novel, movie, etc. that is separate from the main story and is less important but is linked to it

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superhero
superheronoun

a fictional character with special and strange powers

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supervillainnoun

a fictional character with superpowers who is morally evil

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tensionnoun

a strained situation resulted from an interplay of dramatic forces in a literary or artistic piece

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themenoun

a recurring element that is the main idea or subject in a literary or artistic piece

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third personnoun

a way of telling or writing a story in which the narrator is not part of the story but knows everything

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tonenoun

the general manner or attitude of the author in a literary work

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twistnoun

an unexpected turn in the course of events

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villain
villainnoun

the main bad character in a movie, story, play, etc.

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