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English Mid-term


Allegory Things or people that represent ideas
Allusion Reference to another literary work,culture or religion
Antagonist The bad guy
Archetype An original story that other stories are based off of
Characterization Indirect- When characters describe another character Direct - When author describes the character in the text
Climax The emotional high point in a story or the turning point
Conclusion The ending part of the story or how the story is resolved
Conflict Person vs Person Person vs Self Person vs Fate Person vs nature Person vs Society
Exposition Introduce the reader to the story and provide background knowledge
Fable A story meant to teach a lesson
Falling Action The part of the story after the climax leading up to the conclusion
Foreshadowing When an event or something predicts a future event
Imagery Using descriptive words to paint a picture in the readers mind
Dramatic Irony When the audience knows something the characters don't
Situational Irony When the opposite of what is expected happens
Verbal Irony When someone says one thing but means another thing
Metaphor Comparison between two unlike things
Mood How the author wants the reader to feel
Oxymoron A word or phrase that contradicts itself
Paradox A words or phrase that you think contradicts itself but actually makes sense
Parallelism Repeated sentence structure to emphasize a point
Personification When nonliving objects get human characteristics
Protagonist The main character
Rising Action Events leading up to the climax
Setting When and where a story takes place
Simile A comparison between two unlike things using like or as
Soliloquy When a character's talks to the audience and is usually expressing their thoughts and no other character can hear them
Symbol When something represents another thing
Theme The message the author is trying to get across to the reader
Tone The author's attitude toward what he is talking about
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