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Odyssey Vocab

TermDefinition
Antagonist A person or force working against the protagonist, or central character, in a literary work
Archetype A symbol, image, plot pattern, or character type that occurs often in literature, such as the hero on a dangerous quest
Static Character A character who does not change during a literary work
Secondary Character Any character other than one of the main characters
Direct Characterization The writer TELLS the reader about the character; specific information about the character
Indirect Characterization The writer SHOWS you what a character is like through their actions, words, or the words and responses of other characters
Motivation The reason(s) a character does something
External Conflicted A character struggles against an outside force
Internal Conflict A character has a struggle within himself (in his own mind)
Man vs Self Conflict in which a character must make a decision or overcome some fear
Man vs Society Conflict between what a person wants to do and what his community, culture, or society teaches or believes
Man vs Man Struggle between two individuals (competition, fight, control)
Foreshadowing Giving hints about what will happen in a story
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
Flashback A literary device in which the author interrupts the chronological order of a narrative to show something that happened in the past
First Person POV The story is told from the point of view of one character, who used the pronouns I and me
Third person POV The story is told by someone who is outside the story
Suspense A feeling of curiosity or dread about what will happen next in a story
Frame Story A story that contains another story
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