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CLEP Lit Vocab 1

Analyzing & Interpreting Literature Vocabulary Stack 1

TermDefinition
Allegory Where every aspect of a story is representative, usually symbolic, of something else. Usually a larger abstract concept or important historical/geopolitical event.
Alliteration Repetition of consonant sounds within close proximity, usually in consecutive words within the same sentence or line.
Antagonist Counterpart to the main character & source of a story's main conflict.
Anthropomorphism Where animals or inanimate objects are portrayed in a story as people, such as by walking, talking, or being given arms, legs, facial features, etc.
Blank verse Non-rhyming poetry, usually written in iambic pentameter.
Characterization The author's means of conveying to the reader a character's personality, life history, values, physical attributes, etc.
Climax The turning point in a story, at which the end result becomes inevitable, usually where something goes terribly wrong; the "dramatic high point" of a story
Connotation An idea that is implied or suggested; what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression.
Denotation The basic meaning of a word or expression.
Epiphany An intuitive flash grasp of reality, usually something simple is seen in a new light.
Genre A kind of literary work. Grouped by form, technique, or sometimes subject matter.
Epic Long narrative poem presenting characters in high position in adventures forming an organic whole through their relation to a central heroic figure.
Fiction Any story that is written in which the characters are not real.
Tale Similar in meaning to "fiction"
Short Story This is brief, prose fiction that is usually about only one character and situation.
Parable This is a short story with a moral.
Fable Similar to a parable, a fable is a brief story that points to a moral. It usually has animals that talk.
Initiation Story A story where the main character goes through "rites of initiation" such as getting a driver's license, first date, getting married, etc.
in medias res When a writer starts a story in the middle of the plot.
Exposition Where we meet the characters and the setting
Rising actions where we find out about the conflict and includes all new problems we learn about along the way
Falling Action Resolution Denouement All of these refer to what happens after the climax and lets the writer show us what happens in the end.
Protagonist main character of the story
Anti-hero a protagonist that does not have what it takes to make him a hero. he is lacking in some way.
Major Character This character is the protagonist of the story and is the story's focus.
Minor Character This character plays a supporting role in the story
Flat Character Seems "sketched in" by the author. We do not know much about this character.
Round Character This is a fully developed character. The author tells us both good and bad things about them.
Style The way a story or book is written which shows the author's personal flair and touch. (examples include: monologue, diary format, etc.)
Tone the mood of a subject; subdued, joyful, explosive, etc.
First Person Where the speaker is talking about himself or herself.
Stream-of-consciousness An edited view of the speaker's (or main character's) mind. Something that flows freely.
Narrator someone telling the story. They are a participant and may be the main character.
Naïve Narrator A narrator that does not understand the conflicts or complications about the story he is telling.
Third Person Narrator Not a participant in the story. Reports events such as "she cried all night."
Third Person Objective Narrator The type of narrator that cannot tell us about any of the thought of the characters, but only what they are doing.
Third Person Limited Narrator The type of narrator that knows all about one character, including their thoughts, but that is all.
Third Person Omniscient Narrator is all knowing. May have information that the main characters do not have. Also knows other characters thoughts.
Unreliable Narrator a narrator that is mentally unstable or deranged.
Point of View Is the way a story is told and by whom.
Created by: marsda2003