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literary terms 4


Monologue A speech or performance given entirely by one person or one character.
Omniscient Point of view (Similar but not the same as 3rd Person) When the story is told from the perspective of someone outside of the events but who knows and reveals all the character's thoughts and feelings.
Protagonist The main character in a literary work who drives the plot forward.
Oxymoron Two words used together that contradict each other, as in icy fire or sweet sorrow.
Paradox A statement that seems to be contradictory but that actually presents a truth.
Parallelism Repetition of phrases that have similar grammatical patterns.
Personification Giving human characteristics to a non-human thing or substance.
Plot The sequence of events in a literary work.
Second Person Designated by the pronoun 'you.' There is no second person point of view in storytelling.
Setting Time and place of a literary work.
Soliloquy Speech delivered by a character when he is alone on stage.
Symbol Something seen that stands for something unseen, as a rose for love, flag for a country.
Theme Central truth or idea in a story.
Third Person Point of View When the story is told from the perspective of someone outside of the events of the story but who reveals only one character's thoughts.
Tone The writer or speaker's attitude towards the subject of the work.
Tragedy A type of story that portrays the fall of a noble person, usually due to a tragic weakness or flaw in his/her character.
Created by: ryanflood34