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English 10

Literary Terms

Plot The sequence of events.
Setting The time and place of the story.
Point of View First person: "I" Second Person: "You" Third Person: "He, She, They" Third Person Limited: Narrator knows some, but not all details. Third Person Omniscient: Narrator knows everything; like God.
Conflict The problem. Internal, external; person vs. _________.
Tone The atmosphere of the work.
Style The writer's fingerprint.
Theme The moral of the work, "A truth."
Protagonist/Antagonist Hero / Villain
Irony An unexpected twist in the plot.
Climax The highest point of the action.
Dialogue Conversation between two people.
Dialect Realistic way of speaking (vernacular).
Symbolism When an item of meaning takes on a broader significance.
Characterization Static = No Change; Dynamic = Change; Stereotypical or Flat vs. 3 dimensional.
Imagery Descriptions to create pictures (in the reader's mind).
Genre The type of literature (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance etc.)
Foreshaddowing Hints of events to come.
Flashback An inference to an earlier event.
Figurative Language Not literal; uses poetic devices; EX- personification, simile etc.
Allusions References to the bible, historical figures or literary characters.
Created by: mbarkley
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