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Lit terms EOCT

TermDefinition
Antagonists causes or leads the conflict against the protagonists
protagonists central character of story
scene a division of a play or of an act of a play
exposition background information meant for the reader/ audience about the setting and the characters of the story
setting time, place, and where the story takes place
stage directions The italicized instructions in a play. Describes the setting, suggest the use of props, lighting, scenery, sound effects, and costumes.
Theme an insight about human life that's revealed in a literary work. Theme is rarely directly stated by the author. Good lit= lots of possible provable themes. Ask, "What's the author's message to me?
dramatic irony when the audience knows something a character does not. It usually involves a character making a mistake or wrong choice. This often makes our stomach turn.
situational irony actions taken have an effect exactly opposite of what was intended or expected.
verbal irony statements that imply a meaning in oppossition to their literal meaning. Sarcasm is one form of verbal irony.
irony a discrepancy between the expectation and reality. What you would expect would happen does not.
indirect characterization the writer reveals information about a character and his personality through the character's thoughts, words, and actions, along with how other characters respond to that character, including what they think and say about him.
direct characterization the writer makes direct statements about a character's personality and tells what the character is like.
Allusion Is a figure of speech that makes a reference to a place, person, or work of literature, or something that happened in history.
allegory is a story with two levels of meaning. First, there's the surface of the story. You know, the characters and plot and all that obvious stuff. Then there's the symbolic level or the deeper meaning.
Imagery an author's use of vivid and descriptive language to add depth to his or her work and create "mental images" for the reader. Powerful forms of imagery engage all of the senses.
Tragic flaw The character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonists of a tragedy.
tragic hero a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat.
mood the climate or feeling of a literary work.
tone the writer's attitude toward the character, subject, and audience of a story.
connotation the emotional and imaginative association surrounding word
denotation the strict dictionary meaning a word
symbolism is the use of symbols. we often talk about symbolism in literature, but there are symbols all around.
symbol is an ordinary object, event, person, or animal to which we have attached extraordinary meaning and significance
oxymoron is when two opposite ideas are joined to create one.
understatement means saying less than is actually meant.
hyperbole is a deliberately exaggerated overstatement use to heighten effect. (extreme exaggeration)
textual evidence story clues: own personal experience "text to text" connections
inference to draw a reasonable conclusion from the information presented based on evidence and personal knowledge
legend a traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical, but unauthenticated.
myth
Created by: cmilan123