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Essential literary terms

Published: 
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Language Matters

The first five terms belong in a group, as they relate to the structure of a literary work. 

 

Exposition: The essential background information at the beginning of a literary work.

 

Rising action: The development of conflict and complications in a literary work.

 

Climax: The turning point in a literary work.

 

Falling action: Results or effects of the climax of a literary work.

 

Resolution/denouement: End of a literary work when loose ends are tied up and questions are answered. 

 

These are particularly true to the structure of  plays or dramatic presentations, but can also relate to short stories, novels and other literary works.

 

 

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