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L!teraryTermz

Literary terms for English II

QuestionAnswer
Omniscient Point of View when the narrator knows everything in a piece of literature
Ambiguity Words or phrases with more than one meaning
Synecdoche When part of something stands for a whole, or a whole stands for a part
Apostrophe talking to something or someone that isn't physically there
Mood Feeling or emotion that a work of literature evokes
Theme A central idea or statement that unifies and controls entire literary work
Conflict the struggle within the plot between opposing forces
Types of conflict person vs person person vs society person vs nature person vs self person vs faith/God(s)
Setting place or type of surrounding where something is positions or where and event takes place
Theme Statement turns central meaning of a book into a universal statement
Litotes When something is expressed by negating its opposite. (i was not unhappy)
Allusion a reference in a book to a person, place, or event
Paradox contradictions that make sense on a deeper level
protagonist leading character or hero in a story or novel whose conflict sets the plot in motion
Antagonist one who opposes another negatively (against the protagonist)
Point of view manner of narrator viewing things, attitude, position at which something is observed
Connotation multiple meanings a word carries other than its dictionary definition
Diction choice of particular words with specific type of tone
Imagery text that makes a mental picture using the five senses
Animal Imagery how an author compares situations and characters to animals, or gives them animal characteristics
genre when literature has a certain category or style
verbal Irony use of words that are the opposite of the speakers mind (sarcasm)
Framing using features, wording, location, problems or topic at both the begging and end of a story. (story within a story)
situational irony accidental events that happen that seem oddly appropriate
style writer's creative way determined by choices with diction, figurative language, sounds, rhythmic patterns ect.
allegory interaction of multiple symbols which together create a moral, spiritual, or political meaning
figurative language relates something unfamiliar to something familiar *similes *metaphors *personification
oxymoron two opposing words together (pretty ugly)
simile comparison between to unlike things using like, as, or than
hyperbole exaggeration to emphasize the truth
dramatic irony audience knows the outcome but the character does not
tone attitude or expression towards the audience and or subjects
direct characterization when the author make specific traits about a character to tell about them
indirect the writer reveals information about a character and his personality through that character's thoughts, words, and actions, along with how other characters respond to that character, including what they think and say about him.
syntax arrangements of how sentences are made with a word or grammatical change
antithesis opposite terms or PHRASES next to each other (it was the best of times , and it was the worst of times)
First Person point of view the story through the narrators eyes (I, Me, my)
soliloquy spoken in a play when the character believes he/she are alone (thoughts)
denotation literal or dictionary meaning of a word
metaphor comparison/ analogy without using like or as
personification giving inanimate objects human traits
symbol an object that represents or stands for something else
motif incident, object, or theme, that reoccurs throughout a story and supports the theme
persona part of a person's character that is seen by others
limited 3rd point of view narrator knows only the thoughts of a single character
satire use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, a situation (used for change)
antithesis opposite terms or PHRASES next to each other (it was the best of times , and it was the worst of times)
First Person point of view the story through the narrators eyes (I, Me, my)
soliloquy spoken in a play when the character believes he/she are alone (thoughts)
denotation literal or dictionary meaning of a word
metaphor comparison/ analogy without using like or as
personification giving inanimate objects human traits
symbol an object that represents or stands for something else
motif incident, object, or theme, that reoccurs throughout a story and supports the theme
persona part of a person's character that is seen by others
limited 3rd point of view narrator knows only the thoughts of a single character
satire use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, a situation (used for change)
synesthesia use of one sense to describe another sense (that's a loud red)
indirect the writer reveals information about a character and his personality through that character's thoughts, words, and actions, along with how other characters respond to that character, including what they think and say about him.
syntax arrangements of how sentences are made with a word or grammatical change
First Person point of view the story through the narrators eyes (I, Me, my)
soliloquy spoken in a play when the character believes he/she are alone (thoughts)
denotation literal or dictionary meaning of a word
metaphor comparison/ analogy without using like or as
personification giving inanimate objects human traits
symbol an object that represents or stands for something else
motif incident, object, or theme, that reoccurs throughout a story and supports the theme
persona part of a person's character that is seen by others
limited 3rd point of view narrator knows only the thoughts of a single character
satire use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, a situation (used for change)
irony words or phrase opposite of lteral meaning
juxtaposition state of bring close together or side by side (opposites)
Created by: ladylibra on 2009-09-09



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