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Literary Terms Def

English II

Simile Compares two things that don’t seem similar using ‘like’ or ‘as’.
Metaphor Compares two or more things by showing characteristics that they share.
Foreshadowing The use of clues by the author to prepare readers for events that will happen later in the story.
Hyperbole Great exaggeration used for emphasis or humor
Personification Giving human characteristics to something that is not human.
Pun A humorous play on two or more meanings of the same word or on two different words with the same sound
Alliteration Repetition of sounds, usually beginning consonant sounds.
Antagonist A character or force that opposes the central character.
Assonance Repetition of similar vowel sounds in stressed syllables.
Character An individual in a literary work.
Climax The point of greatest emotional intensity, interest, or suspense in a narrative.
Conflict The struggle between opposing forces.
Dialogue Written conversation between characters.
Exposition An author's introduction of the characters, setting, and situation.
Falling Action The action that follows the Climax.
Flashback An event that happened before the story began that interrupts the chronological order of the story's events.
Genre A category of literary work.
Imagery The 'word pictures' writers use to create an emotional response in readers.
Irony A contrast or disagreement between appearance and reality OR between what is expected and what actually happens.
Narrative Tells a story
Narrator Person who tells a story
Onomatopoeia A word or phrase that imitates the sound of what it describes.
Oxymoron A figure of speech that has two contradictory terms.
Plot The sequence of events in a narrative work.
Point of View The relationship of the narrator to the story.
Protagonist The central character in a story.
Rising Action The part of the plot where complications in the conflict develop. Creates reader interest.
Setting The time and place in which the events of a story occur.
Soliloquy A long speech spoken by a character in a play, who is usually alone on stage.
Theme The central message of a story.
Tone A reflection of a writer's attitude toward a subject.
Voice An author's distinctive use of language to convey the author's or narrator's personality.
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