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English1 Terms

Vocabulary Words For English 1 Literary

TermDefinition
Antagonist A person or force working against the protagonist in a literary work
Archetype A symbol, image, plot pattern, or character type that occurs often in literature
Atmosphere The dominant mood or feeling of a literary work
Character A person or animal portrayed in a literary work
Static Character A character who does not experience personal growth
Flat Character Character with only one or two traits
Round Character Character with many different traits sometimes these are contradictory
Secondary Character Any Character other than one of the main characters
Characterization The methods used by a writer to reveal a characters personality
Direct Characterization The writer TELLS the reader specific information about the character
Indirect Characterization The writer SHOWS you what a character is like through the character's actions, words, or the words and responses of other characters
Motivation the reason(s) a character does something
Conflict The struggle between opposing characters or forces in a work of literature
External Conflict A character struggles against an outside force
Internal Conflict A character has a struggle within himself(in his own mind)
Man versus Self Conflict Conflict in which a character must make a decision or overcome some fear
Man versus society Conflict Conflict between what a person wants to do and what his community, culture, or society teaches or believes
Man Versus Fate Conflict A person struggles against his destiny
Man Versus Man Conflict Struggle between two individuals
Man Versus Nature Conflict Struggle between a person and some element of nature
Dialogue Conversation between characters in a literary work
Foreshadowing Giving hints about what will happen in a story
Author's Purpose The reason an author writes
Epic Hero The larger than life central character in an epic poem
Epic Poem A long narrative poem about events of crucial importance to the history of a culture or nation
Created by: greenzapper