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Fiction Terms B List

Characterization The process by which an author creates, develops, and presents a character.
Chronological A pattern of organization, or presentation, that introduces events or things in their normal time sequence.
Concrete Opposite of abstract. Language referring directly to what we see, hear, touch, taste, or smell is concrete. Most literature uses concrete language and expresses even abstract concepts concretely through images and metaphors.
Dialogue The conversation that goes on between or among characters in a literary work.
Episode A single, unified incident within a narrative that may or may not advance the plot. Plots containing a series of episodes arranged chronologically are said to be episodic.
Fiction A prose narrative that is the product of the imagination.
Foreshadowing A device by which the author hints at something to follow.
Hyperbole A figure of speech that achieves emphasis and heightened effect (either serious or comic) through deliberate exaggeration.
Imagery Most commonly refers to visual picture produced verbally through literal or figurative language, although it is often defined more broadly to include sensory experiences other than the visual.
Irony Refers to some contrast or discrepancy between appearance and reality.
Literal Accurate, exact, concrete language (in contrast to figurative language)
Metaphor A figure of speech in which two unlike objects are compared without the use or like or as.
Point of view The angle or perspective from which a story is told.
Simile A figure of speech in which two essentially dissimilar objects are compared with one another by the use of like or as.
Symbol Literally, something that stands for something else. In literature, any word, object, action, or character that embodies or evokes a range of additional meaning and significance.
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