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Persona
The voice assumed by a writer to express ideas and beliefs that may or may not be his or her voice which is revealed through the character(s) in a story. Think of the writer giving the character(s) “personality”.
Persuasion
A writing technique that aims to convince the audience of an idea or belief.
Plot
The series of related events that make up a story, also called the storyline.
Point of View POV
The perspective from which a story is told, either in first, second, or third person.
Resolution (Denouement)
The end of the play, story, or novel in which the main conflict is finally resolved.
Rhetoric
The art of persuasive speech or writing in writing or speaking that uses figures of speech and compositional techniques.
Rising Action
The build up of the conflict or main action in the story.
Second Person POV
Written using pronouns such as “you” or “yours” and often used in speeches, letters, emails, and directions.
Setting
The time and place in which a story happens.
Style
Speaker or writer's manner of expression.
Subjective
A view on a subject that is often biased, but reveals the perspective of the author/speaker.
Subplot
A secondary or side story that supports the main plot/theme and usually involves minor characters.
Syntax
The way in which linguistic elements (words) are put together to make meaningful elements such as phrases, clauses, and sentences.
Theme
A writer's central idea or main message about life.
Thesis
A statement (one sentence) that introduces and summarizes the main idea of an essay or article in the introductory paragraph.
Third Person POV
Written using pronouns such as “he” “she” “it” “theirs” and typically used in formal academic writing and some fiction/non-fiction writing.
Tragic Flaw (hamartia)
A fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a hero such as greed, pride, or ambition.
Tragic Hero
A person of noble birth who is fated to destruction or doom.
Twist
A dramatic moment in the narrative that the audience does not anticipate; often brought about by an unexpected revelation.
Vernacular
The everyday or common language spoken in a country or region.