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Literary Terms

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allusion A reference to a well known person, place, event, literary work or work of art
hyperbole exaggerated or overstated claim that is not meant t be taken literally
personification the giving of human traits to a non human animal, object or idea
simile A comparison of two unlike things that uses like or as to make a direct comparison
idiom a saying that has special meaning that cannot be understood from the meaning of the individual words in the saying
metaphor The comparison of two things that have some qualities in common, does NOT use like or as
antagonist the character or force that causes conflict for the main character(s)
characterization the techniques a writer uses to create and develop a character
climax the turning point or high point of interest in the plot of a story or play
foreshadowing a writer's use of hints suggesting events that will occur later in the story
Situational Irony when the opposite of what is expected or intended occurs
plot the sequence of events or actions that happen in a story
point of view the perspective from which the story is told
protagonist the main character involved in the conflict of a literary work
setting the time and place of the action of a story, poem or play
theme the message about life or human nature communicated by a work of literature
epic a long narrative story or poem that reflects a nation's cultural identity and features an epic hero.
in medias res The story is started in the middle of the action
Myth A traditional story rooted in a particular culture that explains a belief, ritual, or mysterious natural phenomenon
Internal conflict Character vs. self; when a character faces a decision that pulls him or her in two different directions
External conflict character vs character, character vs nature, character vs society; when a character faces an opposing force outside of him or her self
Epic Hero A larger-than-life figure who embodies traits that the culture values. Typical among these characteristics are physical strength, bravery, high birth, fame, and effective skills as a leader and in battle.
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