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Lit terms and FS

literary terms and figures of speech

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conflict a problem or obstacle a characters faces . man vs self man vs man
exposition ( part of plot sequence) introduces all the necessary to understand the action that follows.
rising action ( part of plot sequence) the problem of conflict is introduced
climax ( part of plot sequence) the conflict is at its height
resolution ( part of plot sequence) unravels the complication and provides answers to the questions
method of characterization the ways authors describe their characters .
types of methods of characterization direct description by author , a description offered by another character, the character may speaks and act therefore describing him/herself , an author may go into the characters mind and present his/her thoughts
setting the time and place of the action of the plot
three types irony verbal , situational , dramatic
verbal irony occurs when a writer or speaker says one thing and means the exact opposite
situational irony occurs when the exact opposite of what a character expects, occurs.
dramatic irony involves the reader or audience knowing something about what's happening in the plot, about which the characters have no knowledge.
allusion a reference in one work of literature to a well known person ,place or event in another work.
foil a character who, by contrast, sets off another character
protagonist the leading character in literary work
antagonist one who opposes or competes with another
point of view the way the author allows you to see and hear what's going on.
figure of speech any way of saying something other than the ordinary way.
imagery any language that excites the senses
assonance the repetition of identical or similar vowel sounds in neighboring words
alliteration the repetition of the same first letter or sounds in a group of words.
symbolism an object , action or idea that represents something other than itself.
hyperbole an identical exaggerated statement often used for dramatic or humorous effect.
metaphor a comparison of two unlike things that doesn't use a comparing word-suggesting that one thing is another.
simile a comparison of two unlike things which uses the comparing word like or as
personification the process of giving human characteristics to an inanimate object or animals
Created by: dk7 on 2012-11-05



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