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Eng.- Literary terms

Vocab #2

Subplot An additional, minor plot that involves a secondary conflict in the story.
flashback an interruption of the action in a story to tell about something that happened earlier in time.
foreshadowing the use of hints or clues in a narrative to suggest action that is to come.
suspense the quality in a literary work that makes the reader uncertain or tense about what is to come next.
characterization the methods used to present the personality of a character in a narrative.
protagonist the central character or hero in a story or drama, usually the one whom the audience tends to identify with.
antagonist the force working against the protagonist, or main character. it could be another character, society, a force of nature or even a force within the mail character.
personification the giving of human qualities to an animal, object or idea. Ex: In Finding Nemo, the sea animals take on human qualities
irony a contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually does happen.
dramatic irony when a reader knows something that a character in a story does not.
verbal irony sarcasm Ex: looking at a bald guy saying, "He has a lot of hair."
irony of situation when a situation turns out completely different from what we expect. Ex: A doctor smokes/ A fireman's house burns down.
Created by: hms200



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