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Analyzing Lit PART 1

study cards for Analyzing Lit CLEP

Allegory Where every aspect of a story is representative, usually symbolic, of something else, usually a larger abstract concept or important historical/geopolitical event.
Alliteration The repetition of consonant sounds within close proximity, usually in consecutive words within the same sentence or line.
Antagonist Counterpart to the main character and source of a story’s main conflict.
Anthropomorphism Where animals or inanimate objects are portrayed in a story as people, such as by walking, talking, or being given arms, legs, facial features, etc.
Blank verse Non-rhyming poetry, usually written in iambic pentameter.
Character The people who inhabit and take part in a story.
Characterization The author’s means of conveying to the reader a character’s personality, life history, values, physical attributes, etc
Climax The turning point in a story, at which the end result becomes inevitable, usually where something suddenly goes terribly wrong; the “dramatic high point” of a story.
Conflict A struggle between opposing forces which is the driving force of a story.
Context Conditions, including facts, social/historical background, time and place, etc., surrounding a given situation.
Creative license Exaggeration or alteration of objective facts or reality, for the purpose of enhancing meaning in a fictional context.
Dialogue Where characters speak to one another; may often be used to substitute for exposition.
Created by: ahermitt