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WGU Lit Fiction Term

Allegory A narrative in verse or prose in which the literal events (persons, places, & things) consistently point to a parallel sequence of symbolic ideas.
Allusion A brief (and sometimes indirect) reference in a text to a person, place, or thing - fictitious or actual.
Apostrophe A direct address to someone or something. In poetry, often addresses something not ordinary spoken to (O, Mountain!)
Connotation An association of additional meaning that a word, image, or phrase may carry, apart from its dictionary definition.
Denotation The literal, dictionary meaning of a word.
Diction Refers to a class of words that an author decides is appropriate to use in a particular work.
Elements of Style All the distinctive ways in which an author, genre, movement, or historical period uses language to create the literary work.
Elements of Tone The attitude toward a subject conveyed in a literary work.
Epiphany A moment of insight, discovery, or revelation by which a character's life is greatly altered.
Flashback A scene relived in a character's memory.
Genre A conventional combination of literary form & subject matter, usually aimed at creating certain effects.
Hyperbole An exaggeration, often extravagant; it may be used for serious or for comic effect.
Imagery The collective set of images in a poem or other literary work.
In media res Refers to a narrative device of beginning a story midway in the events it depicts. (A Latin phrase meaning "in the mist of things").
Irony A literary device in which a discrepancy or meaning is masked beneath the surface of the language. Saying one thing & meaning another.
Metonymy Figure of speech in which the name of a thing is substituted for that of another closely associated with it.
Narrative (and Narrator) Story
Persona Latin for "mask". A fictitious character created by an author to be the speaker of a poem, story, or novel.
Plot The arrangement or design of events, actions, and situations in a narrative work. Plot is considered to be the "raw material" of story and should be considered as distinct from story.
Figurative language figures of speech such as metaphor, simile, and alliteration. In contrast to literal language wherein words are taken in their primary or denotative sense, figurative language is connotative and conveys the richness and complexity of language.
Setting The time and place of a literary work.
Symbolism The use of symbols or a set of related symbols or a sustained use of symbols.
Style All the distinctive ways in which an author, genre, movement, or historical period uses language to create the literary work.
Fable A brief story that sets forth some pointed statement of truth. Tells a moral - features talking animals
Parable a brief narrative - that teaches a moral
Tale A story - usually short that sets forth strange and wonderful events in more or less bare summary without detailed character-drawing.
Short Story More realistic than a tale and of modern orgin the writer usually presents the main events in greater fullness.
Symbol A person, place, or thing in a narrative that suggests meanings beyond its literal sense.
Synecdoche The use of a significant part of a thing to stand for the whole of it or vice versa.
Theme A central idea or statement that unified & controls an entire literary work. Author's way of communicating & sharing ideas, perceptions & feelings.
Tone The attitude toward a subject conveyed in a literary work.
Understatement An ironic figure of speech that deliberately described something in a way that is less than the true case.
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