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AP Lit. Vianey3

AP Literary Devices for AP Lit. Exam

QuestionAnswer
Balance Contructing a sentence so that both halves are about the same length and importance.
Charaterization the process by which the wriuter reveals tha personality of a character.
Indirect characterization the autor reveals to the reader what the character is like by describing how the character looks and dresses, by letting the reader hear what the character says, by revealing the character's private thoughts and feelings.
Direct characterization the author tells us directly what the character is like: sneaky, generous, mean to pets and son on.
Static Character is one who does not change much in the course of a story.
Dynamic Character is one who changes in some important way as a result of the story's action.
Flat Character has only one or two personality traits. One dimensional.
Round Character has more dimensions to their personalities; complex, just a real people are.
Chiasmus type of rhetorical balance in which the second part is syntactically balanced against the first, but with the parts reserved.
Cliche word or phrase, often figure of speech, that has become lifeless because of overuse.
Colloquialism word or phrase in everyday use in conversation and informal writing but is inappropriate for formal situations.
Comedy in general, a story that ends with a happy resolution of the conflicts faced by the main character or characters.
Conceit an elaborate metaphor that compares two things that are startlingly different. Often extended metaphor.
Confessional Poetry a twentieth century term used to describe poetry that uses intimate material from the poet's life.
Conflict the struggle between opposing forces or characters in a story.
External Conflict conflicts can exist between two people, between a person and nature or machine or between a person a whole society.
Internal Conflict a conflict can be internal, involving opposing forces within a person's mind.
Connotation the associations and emotional overtones that have become attached to a word or phrase, in addition to it's strict dictionary definition.
Couplet two consecutive rhyming lines of poetry.
Dialect a way of speaking that is characteristics of a certain social group or of the inhabitants of a certain geographical area.
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