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Some literary terms

QuestionAnswer
alliteration repeating same consonant sound at the beginning of words
allusion in a story, a reference to something well known
antagonist the character in a story that is against the main character; the bad guy
protagonist the main character; the hero
Assonance repeating vowel sounds in a sentence
Atmostphere also called mood. The way the story makes you feel; like gloomy.
characterization the way a writer makes the character seem real to the reader
climax the greatest turning point in the story
denouement pronounced dee-noo-ma. Follows the climas and leads to the resolution
resolution occurs after the climax and denouement. It is the new way things are going to be from then on in the story.
conflict the protagonist verses the antogonist; the good guy versus the bad guy.
consonance repeating consonant sounds at the end of the words
foreshadowing hints or clues in the story that suggest what is to come; provides suspense
genre the type of literature, like drama, tragedy, comedy, Gothic
hyperbole an huge exaggeration
imagery words that suggest mental pictures of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, feelings
irony something that is not as seems; often it is the exact opposite of what it appears to be.
dramatic irony the reader knows something about the circumstances that the character doesn't know
parallel structure similar patterns of words in a sentence.
paradox a situation or statement in a story that seems to contradict itself.
personification a figure of speech where things are given human characteristics
plot the structure of the story
narrative viewpoint (point of view) the way the story is told to the reader; first person or third person.
first person narrative or point of view telling things from the authors own perspective. First person is told with verbs like I, my and we.
Third person narrative or point of view telling things from the perspective of someone looking on as things happen. Third person point of view is always told with third person verbs- he, she, it, or names of the people.
realism the attempt to show life as it really is.
regionalism literature reflects the geographic region of people, like the south, the north, the west.
setting the time, place, background of the story
symbolism use of words that mean something more than what they seem
theme the common thread or repeated idea of the story; what is the story really about?
tone the way the writer seems towards the characters, the story; could be anger, approval, friendly, prideful
boiling bubbles rime or reason safe and sound tried and true alliteration
tinkle, sprinkle, twinkle mad as a hatter cat,hat assonance
first and last odds and ends short and sweet consonance
He is older than the hills. He ate everything in the house. hyperbole
The wind cried through the night. personification
Your friend turns up in ripped jeans. With a smirk, you say, "I see you have put on your best clothes. verbal irony
Myrtle's apartment is described as "one slice in a long white cake of apartment houses imagery
The American Dream Theme of Great Gatsby
less is more paradox
sunshine suggesting happiness, rain suggesting sorrow, and storm clouds suggesting despair. symbolism
When Tom comfronts Daisy and Gatsby at the hotel climax
Nick decides the East isn't for him and he is going back West denouement
The gloomy feeling of the Fall of the House of Usher atmosphere
The Great Gatsby was about the northeast. To Kill a Mockingbird was about the south. Cowboy stories are about the west. regionalism
The Great Gatsby took place in the 1920's in the northeast, in the areas of the rich and also the poor. Setting
The Green Light on the end of Daisy's pier. The "Valley of Ashes," where George Wilson's garage is. The eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleberg. symbols
The narrative of The Great Gatsy, the way it was written First person narrative or point of view
The Great Gatsby is largely dark, pessimistic, and vapid as set by the purposelessness and carelessness of the wealthy, the ongoing string of meaningless parties, the ugliness of the Valley of Ashes. Atmosphere or mood
Created by: lisarae143