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English II

Mid Term Exam Literary Terms

Alliteration figure of speech in which consonants especially t the beginning of words are stressed and syllables repeated
Allusion usually an implicit reference, perhaps to another work of literature, person, event
Aphorism a terse statement of truth or dogma, a pithy generalization
Archetype a basic model from which copies are made
Assonance repetition of similar vowel sounds
Characterization the way the author describes a character's personality through dialogue
Protagonist the central figure of a story
Antagoinst "opponent, competitor, rival"is a character or group of characters, or, sometimes an institution of a happening who represents the opposition against which the protagonist(s) must contend
Type/Stock a flat character of a familiar and often repeated type
Round a character who shows varied and sometimes contradictory traits
Flat a character who reveals only one personality
Static the character remains the same throughout the story
Dynamic a character that changes during the story
Internal Conflict a literary device used for expressing an internal resistance the protagonist of the story finds in achieving his aims/ dreams
External Conflict a literary device used for expressing an external resistance the protagonist of the story finds in achieving his aims/ dreams
Connotation the suggestion or implication evoked by a word or phrase
Consonance to repetition of sounds produced by consonants within a sentence or phrase
Denotation the use of the dictionary definition or literal meaning of a word
Exposition background information for a story
Inciting Incident the first event indicating the main event of a story
Rising Action complications that develop in a story
Climax point at which the protagonist must choose
Falling Action/Resolution the events or results caused by the protagonist's decision
Foreshadowing technique of arranging events and information in a narrative way that later events are prepared for
Hyperbole a figure of speech which contains an exaggeration for emphasis
Idiom form of expression, construction, phrase peculiar to a language and often possessing a meaning other than its grammatical or logical one
Imagery occurs when language appeals to one or more of the five senses
Irony difference between appearance and reality
Situational Irony actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended, so that the outcome is contrary to what was expected.
Methaphor figure of speech in which one is described in terms of another
Motiff A recurrent image, word, phrase, represented object or action that tends to unify the literary work or that may be elaborated into a more general theme.
Onomatopoeia the formation and use of words to imitate sounds
Oxymoron a figure of speech that juxtaposes apparently contradictory elements
Personification attributing human qualities for inanimate objects
Point of View vantage point in which the story is told
1st person the story is told by the protagonist, uses "i" and "we"
2nd person use this point of view to address the reader, as I just did. The second person uses the pronouns “you,” “your,” and “yours.”
3rd person most common point of view used in literature "he" "she" "they" "it"two types limited and omniscient
Pun a form of word play that suggests two or more meanings
Rhyme repetition of accentuated vowels
End Rhyme the rhyme occurs at the end of two lines
Internal Rhyme the rhyme occurs within the same line
Slant Rhyme rhyme in which either the vowels or the consonants of stressed syllables are identical
Satire literary work holding up human vices, follies to ridicule or scorn
Simile a figure of speech where two things are compared to each other using lie or as
Suspence uncertainty, anticipation, and or curiosity as to the outcome of the story
Symbol represents or stands for something else
Theme the central idea of a piece of literature
Tone/Mood the reflection of the writer's attitude
Created by: tbostwick