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Literary Terms

Allusion A reference to a well known person, event, literary work or work of art
Analogy Makes a comparison between 2 or more things that are similar, but otherwise unalike
Antagonist A character or a force in conflect with a main character or portonist
Protagonist The main character in literary work
Aurthor's Purpose His or her main reason for writing
Characterization The act of creating and devleoping a character
Direct Characterizations When the author states directly what they look like
Indirect Characterizations The process by which the writer shows the characters personality through speech, actions and physical appearance, Inner thoughts or attitudes and reactions of other characters and animals
Setting The time and place of the author
Imagery Mental pictures created by a piece of writing
Flashblack A scene within a story that interrupts the sequence of events that occurred in the past
Conflict Man Vs. Man, Stuggle between opposing forces. Clash or disagreement
Internal conflict Man Vs Wild. Struggle occurring within a characters mind.
External Conflict Man Vs. Self. Struggle between a character and an outside force such as nature of another character which drives dramatic action of the plot
Inference To find out by a process of reasoning or something known or assumed.
Irony A contradiction between what happens and what is expected
Simile A figure of speech that uses like or as to make a direct comparison between two unlike ideas
Metaphor A figure of speech in which something is descried as something else.
Mood The feeling created in the reader by lierary work or passage.
Plot The sequence of events in which each event from a previous one causes the next.
Parts of a plot Exposition (conflect introduced), Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution
Dialogue A conversation between characters
Autobiography A story of the writers own life told by the writer
Biography A form of nonfiction in which a writer tells the life story of another person
Playwright A person who writes a play
Stage directions Notes included in a drama to desribe how the work is to be performed or staged
Local Color The use of specific details that help make a scene or story real
Folktale A story composed orally and passed from person to person by word of mouth
Foreshadowing The authors use of clues to hint at what might happen later in the story
Myth A fictional tale that explains the Gods or Heros or orginial elements of nature
Dialect Form of language spoken by people in a particular religion or group
Colloquial Used in everyday informal talk but not formal speach or writing
Stanza A group of lines of poetry that are usually similar in length and pattern and are seperated by spaces
Symbol Anything that stands for or represents something else
Theme A central message in a literary work
Fiction Prose writing that tells about imaginary characters or events
Nonfiction A prose writing that presents and explains ideas or that tells about real people, places objects or events
Genre A division of literature composition
Poetry One of the 3 major types of literature. The thought or feeling expressed in imaginative words (The others are Prose and Drama)
Prose The ordinary form of written lanaguage
Drama A story written to be performed by actors
Novel A long work of fiction
Narrator The speaker or character who tells a story
Third-Person One who stands outside the action and speaks about it
First-Person One who tells a story and participates in its actions
Tone The writers attitude towards his or her audience and subject
Essay A short non-fiction work about a particular subject
Character Traits Flat, round, dynamic, static
Bias Personal knowledge, interest or opinion that an author brings to a subject
Hyperbole Exaggerated statement used as a figure of speach
Created by: Kyle Goblirsch
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