Narrative Writing


Basic Terms

Study the following terms.

  • (noun) a story
  • (adjective) in the form of a story
    • a narrative essay
narrator the person who is telling the story
setting the time and place of the story
characters the people in the story
point of view the eyes through which we see the story unfold
plot the main events of a story; the action
protagonist the main character.  A more general term than hero, since not all protagonists are heroic.
antagonist the bad guy; the person (or thing) that is standing between the main character and her goal.
conflict the central problem that needs to be resolved
climax the most intense part of the story (usually near the end)

Instructions for the Quiz

Match the term with the definition.