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Literary Terms!

Literary Terms for Pre Ap

Character An individual, object, animal, or force created by the author for his/her work
Climax Most decisive & critical scene or event
Conflict Main character's opposed by another character/force
Connotation Secondary meaning of a word in addition to its explicit meaning
Denotation Explicit meaning of of a word
Diction The choice of words, phrases, sentence structure & fig. lang which leads to the clarity & accuracy of writing
Epic Hero Larger than life hero who takes on a quest
Figures of Speech A stylistic divide that compares two things to convey a meaning or exaggerate a description
Foreshadowing When the writer drops hints/clues as to what'll happen later on
Homoric Simile Extended simile elaborated in great detail
Internal Conflict Struggle that takes place in the protagonist's mind
Verbal Irony/Irony Expression or statement where the meaning is used in the opposite way
Metaphor Compares 2 things w/o using like/as
Mood Emotion ambience (surroundings, feel) established by a literary work
Narrator Character telling story
Plot Order of events & incidents that occur in the storyline
Point of View Perspective the author uses to tell the story
Resolution The conflict in the story is worked out in some way
Setting Time AND place in which a work of literature occurs
Simile Comparing 2 things using like/as
Sololiequy When a character is alone & talking to him/herself aloud
Speaker The voice in a poem, may be poet or character created by poet
Surprise Ending Piece of literature ends in an unexpected way
Suspense Growing feeling of excitement felt by the audience while awaiting climax of the story
Tone Atitude of the author towards teh work of writing (ie. word choice)
Theme A controlling idea/subject for reflection in a literary work
Symbol An object that represents an idea or feeling
Dramatic Irony Audience knows something the main character doesn't
Irony of Situation Action is opposite of what's expected
3rd Person Point of View Told by one of the characters using he and she (knows everything in the story)
Created by: kittycrunk



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