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in media res

a term to describe common strategy of beginning a story in the middle of an action.

In this Plot strategy we enter at the verge of a major important action

A narrated scene that marks a break in the narrative in order to inform the reader about the events that took place before the opening scene

The introduction early in a story of verbal and dramatic hints that suggest what is to come later

A narrative device, often used at the beginning that provides necessary background information about the characters and their circumstances.
Rising Action

Part of the pyramidal patter plot, it is the first part which complications create some sort of conflict for the protagonist
Crisis or Climax

The second part of the pyramidal patter, the moment of greatest emotional tension in a narrative usually marking a turning point in the plot, where rising action becomes falling action.
Falling action or denouement

The third part of pyramidal pattern plot, This is the resolution and diminishes tensions and the common strategy of the story comes to an end.

The struggle within the plot between opposing forces. The protagonist engages in the conflict with the antagonist.

The main character of a narrative, it central character who engages the reader's interests and empathy

A character in a work whose behavior and values contrast with those of another character in order to highlight the distinctive temperament of that character (usually the protagonist).

The character, force or collection of forces in fiction or drama that opposes the protagonists and gives rise to the conflict of the story.
Methods of characterization
Names, What they wear, What they do, What they say; What others observe about them.
Round Character
Complex, often display the inconsistecies and internal conflicts found in most real people. They are more fully developed and therefore harder to summarize.
Flat Character
Embodies one or two qualities, ideas or traits that can be readily described in a brief summary
Dynamic Character
A character that undergoes some sort of change because of the plot of the story.
Static Character
A character that does not change throughout the work and the reader's knowledge of that character does not grow.
Unreliable Narrative Point of View
reveals an interpretation of events that is somehow different from the author's own interpretation of those events. Often unreliable narrator's perception of plot, characters, and settings becomes the actual subject of the story.
Naive Narrator Point of View
are usually youthful, innocence
Omniscient Third Person Point of View
is an all-knowing narrator who is not a character in the story and who can move from place to place and pass back and forth through time. slipping into and out of characters as no human being possibly could. usually reports thoughts of characters and feelings.
Limited omniscient Third Person Point of View
occurs when an author restricts a narrator to the signle perspective of either a major or minor character. this way people place and events appear to that character in the way they appear to the reader.
Objective Third Person Point of View
A third person Narrative who does not see into the mind of any character and form this detached and impersonal perspective the narrator reports the actions and dialogue without telling us directly what characters think and feel.
Stream of Consciousness Technique
The most intense use of a central consciousness in narration. The technique takes a reader inside a characters mind to reveal perceptions, thoughts and feelings on a conscious or unconscious level.
First Person Point of View
Narration from the I perspective which only one character is represented, the reader is restricted to the perception of this one single character