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English Terms

Literary terms for English

TermDefinition
Internal Conflict When a character has a personal struggle within them-self
Plot Sequence of events in a story
Protagonist Main Character
External Conflict Problem with another character
Theme Main message/idea
Antagonist Person who has conflict with the main character
Static Character Stays the same throughout the story
Dynamic Character Grows/changes by the end of the story
Alliteration Repetition of consonant sound/sounding out
Personification Giving human characteristics to non-human things
Metaphor Compares one thing with another dissimilar
Hyperbole Speech is exaggerated for emphasis
Onomatopoeia Words like: Bang, Ouch, Hiss, Snap
Simile Two unlike things are compared using the words "like" or "as"
Idiom Not to be taken literally that has a hidden meaning