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Literary Terms Eng8

Literary Terms for Honnors 8th Grade English SOL Review

Genre The type of classification for a piece of text. Examples: Fiction, Nonfiction.
Conflict Literary element that involves a struggle between two opposing forces usually a protagonist and an antagonist.
Internal Conflict A conflict existing in mental not physical terms.
External Conflict A conflict existing in physical, worldly terms.
Types of Conflict Man v. Self// Man v. Man// Man v. Nature .
Setting The place, time, and date where a story takes place.
Character A being included in the story, could be a person, an animal or an object.
Protagonist The main character in a story, not necessarily the 'hero'.
Antagonist The character in the story that is opposing/ causing conflict to the protagonist (main character).
Point of View The tense that the story is told in, either by first person or third person.
Author's Purpose The purpose or reason of the story. What you are supposed to take away from the text.
Theme The central topic of which the story is based around.
Tone The way in which the story is told. It usually conveys an emotion specific to the story.
Mood The emotion given off from the text or the emotion it is written in.
Symbols When the author uses objects or such to convey a meaning different from its literal sense; is more significant/deep .
Motif A reoccurring element of the story that signifies meaning. Helps produce mood and theme.
Allusion A brief, indirect reference to something. Can be people, history, another work of literature, or a place.
Irony Using words to convey a meaning opposite of the literal meaning.
Foreshadowing When the writer gives a hint of something that will come later in the story.
Fact A statement that can be backed up with research and it is proven true.
Opinion A statement that conveys someones personal thoughts on a subject, cannot always be proven true.
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