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11th grade vocab.

TermDefinition
audience the assembled spectators or listeners at a public event, such as a play, movie, concert, or meeting.
exposition a comprehensive description and explanation of an idea or theory.
resolution a firm decision to do or not to do something.
figurative language Figurative language is language that uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation. When a writer uses literal language, he or she is simply stating the facts as they are.
static character is one that does not undergo important change in the course of the story, remaining essentially the same at the end as he or she was at the beginning.
antagonist a person who actively opposes or is hostile to someone or something; an adversary.
free not under the control or in the power of another; able to act or be done as one wishes
blank verse verse without rhyme, especially that which uses iambic pentameter.
purpose the reason for which anything is done, created, or exists
diction the choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing.
denouement the final part of a play, movie, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved
characterization word picture: a graphic or vivid verbal description; "too often the narrative was interrupted by long word pictures"; "the author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland"; "the pamphlet contained brief characterizations of famous Vermonters
flat character Flat characters are two-dimensional in that they are relatively uncomplicated and do not change throughout the course of a work. By contrast, round characters are complex and undergo development, sometimes sufficiently to surprise the reader.
protagonist the leading character or one of the major characters in a drama, movie, novel, or other fictional text.
lyric (of poetry) expressing the writer's emotions, usually briefly and in stanzas or recognized forms.
flashback a scene in a movie, novel, etc., set in a time earlier than the main story.
rising action The events of a dramatic or narrative plot preceding the climax.
tone a musical or vocal sound with reference to its pitch, quality, and strength.
setting the place or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes place
round character round characters are complex and undergo development, sometimes sufficiently to surprise the reader.
irony the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
ballad a poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas. Traditional ballads are typically of unknown authorship, having been passed on orally from one generation to the next as part of the folk culture.
point of view a particular attitude or way of considering a matter.
climax the most intense, exciting, or important point of something; a culmination or apex
syntax the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language
plot a plan made in secret by a group of people to do something illegal or harmful.
allusion an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference
foreshadowing be a warning or indication of (a future event)
sonnet a poem of fourteen lines using any of a number of formal rhyme schemes, in English typically having ten syllables per line
narrative structure Narrative structure, a literary element, is generally described as the structural framework that underlies the order and manner in which a narrative is presented to a reader, listener, or viewer
falling action falling action. the part of a literary plot that occurs after the climax has been reached and the conflict has been resolved
imagery visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work
dynamic character dynamic character. a literary or dramatic character who undergoes an important inner change, as a change in personality or attitude
direct/indirect A type of lighting system that combines both downward lighting and upward lighting components
fixed fastened securely in position
narrative poem Narrative poetry is a form of poetry that tells a story, often making use of the voices of a narrator and characters as well; the entire story is usually written in metred verse.
Created by: emily760