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Literary Terms

Literary Terms for The Cay

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characterization more than just a physical description of a character; it includes what the character is like as a person
cause and effect the relationship in which one condition brings about another condition as a direct result
dialogue conversation between characters
foreshadowing hints or clues to suggest something is going to happen in a story - good or bad
historical fiction a fictional story that is set during a real time in history
man vs. man one character is the problem for another character
man vs. nature a character struggles with some force of nature
man vs. self one character has a problem he's trying to solve in his mind/thoughts
man vs. society This is when a character encounters a struggle with the laws or beliefs of a group
metaphor A type of figurative language in which two unlike things are compared without using the words LIKE or AS
narrator the person who is telling the story
personification a type of figurative language in which something that is non-human is given human characteristics
protagonist usually the main character and good guy in the story
setting the time and place in which a story takes place
simile a type of figurative language in which two unlike things are compared while using the words LIKE or AS
symbol The use of a thing or object or idea to represent something else
theme An idea about life revealed in a story; a story can have more than one of these
Created by: ssutton on 2012-10-07



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