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Lit. Terms Review

Literary Terms

DefinitionTerm
events leading to the resolution falling action
where and when the story takes place setting
a series of events to bring about the resolution of a conflict plot
a concrete object that represents an abstract idea symbol
the main idea or underlying message, lesson theme
narrator is a character in the story...uses "I" 1st person point of view
narrator is all knowing 3rd person omniscient narrator
the climate of feeling in a story (can change) mood
the author's attitude toward the subject or audience tone
how the problem is solved resolution
hints of the future foreshadowing
an interruption in events to show an earlier event flashback
high point or turning point (character makes a decision or does something that affects the action of the story) climax
the problem in a story conflict
when something unexpected happens irony
the main character protagonist
events leading up to the climax rising action
the main character's chief rival antagonist
development of a character's personality (what the character says, thinks, looks, acts, or the effect on others) characterization
occurrs when the reader or audience knows more than the characters do dramatic irony
the narrator point of view
an event that is the opposite of what is expected or intended situational irony
narrator is a person outside the story, uses "he/she" 3rd person point of view
something unexpected is said, or there is a contrast between what is said and meant verbal irony
narrator describes only what can be seen or heard 3rd person objective point of view
narrator reveals the thoughts of only 1 character 3rd person limited point of view
a reference to a historical or literary figure or event. allusion
representing a thing using human characteristics personification
when the writer gives human qualities to animals (the animals act like humans) anthropomorphism
a comparison of two unlike things NOT using like or as metaphor
a comparison using like or as simile
descriptive words using the 5 senses that create pictures in the readers mind imagery
the actual meaning of the words literal
language that goes beyond the meaning of words to give the reader new insight...includes Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Onomatopoeia, Oxymoron, Hyperbole, Allusion, and Idiom figurative
Created by: riverratdee
 

 



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