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Literary Terms EH

A Midsummer Night's Dream study terms

Alliteration The repetition of the same sounds or the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words.
Antagonist The adversary of the hero or protagonist of a drama or other literary work
Conflict The problem ion any piece of literature.
Dramatic Irony A reader or character knows something that another character does not.
End Rhyme Rhyme of the terminal syllables of lines of poetry.
Foil To keep 9 a person) from succeeding in an enterprise, plan, etc.
Foreshadowing When the author gives hints on events yet to occur.
Imagery Language that appeals to the senses and allows for the forming of mental images or pictures.
Malapropism An act or habit of misusing words ridiculously especially when they sound similar.
Metaphor A direct comparison.
Monologue A speech addressed to another person or group of people.
Oxymoron A figure of speech by which a set of words produces an incongorous, seemingly self-contradictory effect.
Personification Giving something nohuman human characteristics.
Play within a play a play presented within the action of a play.
Protagonist The leading character, hero, or heroin of a drama or other literary work.
Pun The humorous use of a word or phrase so as to emphasize or suggest its different meanings or applications, or the use of words that are alike or nearly alike in sound but different in meaning; a play on words.
Setting The time and place of a story.
Simile A comparison using like or as.
Situational Irony The difference between what is expected to happen and what actually does happen.
Soliloquy A character speaks alone and reveals his private thoughts and feelings to the audience or reader.
Suspense Feeling of uncertainty or anxiety about what will happen next.
Theme The unifying subject or idea of a story.
Verbal Irony Contradiction between what is said and what is meant or what is true.
Verse A poem, or piece of poetry.
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