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Literary Terms 1-21

Literary Terms

TermDefinition
Alliteration the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of a word.
Allusion a reference to a famous person, place, event, or work of literature.
Analyzing to break down and examine the parts of something to better understand it
Annotating Annotating is a way of marking your textbook by taking key points from the text. In addition to underlining or highlighting, annotating is making notes to the side of the highlight which will help you understand and remember information.
Analogy Makes a comparison between two or more things that are similar in some ways but otherwise unalike
Argument a logical way of presenting a belief, conclusion, or stance. The author makes a claim.
Assonance the repetition of vowel sounds within non-rhyming words
Author’s Purpose is the author's reason for writing
Central Idea The main idea is the point of the paragraph. It is the most important thought about the topic. To figure out the main idea, ask yourself this question: What is being said about the person, thing, or idea (the topic)?
Characters the people, animals, or imaginary creatures who take part in the action of a work of literature.
Antagonist the character working against the main character.
Protagonist the main character; involved in the main conflict.
dynamic characters Character who changes throughout the course of the novel
static characters A character who does not go through significant changes throughout the course of the novel. This character is the same in the beginning as in the end. NO Change
round characters A character who is complex (a lot of personality and characteristics).
flat characters A character who is not complicated—no personality. Not contributing much to the story
characterization the way a writer creates and develops characters: Through voice of the character Physical appearance Character’s own thoughts, speech, and actions
Direct characterization a writer states the character’s traits or characteristics
Indirect characterization a writer depends on the reader to draw conclusions about the character’s traits.
Comparing and Contrasting Comparing (finding similarities) and contrasting (finding differences) is a process of analysis which helps you to understand things in greater depth.
Conflict a struggle between opposing forces. An external conflict involves a character who struggles against a force outside him/herself. An internal conflict is one that occurs within a character.
Created by: JGlaser2007