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Will James Lit Terms

Literary Elements 8th Grade

The repetition of consonant sounds in words that are close together alliteration
A reference to a statement, a person, a place, or an event from literature, the arts, history, religion, mythology, politics, sports, or science allusion
A comparison made between two things to show how they are alike analogy
The overall feeling of a work of literature mood
A person or animal in a story, play, or another literary work character
A character that changes as a result of the story's events dynamic
A character that does not change much in the course of a work static
The way a writer reveals the personality of a character characterization
The writer directly tells the reader about a character direct characterization
Revealing a character's personality through words, physical characteristics, thoughts, feelings, behavior, or other character's comments indirect characterization
A struggle between opposing characters or opposing forces conflict
A character's struggles with an outside force such as another character, society, or a natural force external conflict
A character's struggle with something in their own mind internal conflict
Conversation between two or more characters dialogue
A work of literature meant to be performed drama
A word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of another and is not meant to be understood as literally true figurative language
A comparison between two unlike things using "like", "as", "than", or "resembles" simile
An imaginitive comparison between two unlike things in which one thing is said to be another metaphor
Language that appeals to the senses imagery
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is spoken of as if it had human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes personification
Interruption in the present action of a plot to show events that happened at an earlier time flashback
The use of clues or hints to suggest events that will occur later in the plot foreshadowing
An expression peculiar to a particular language that means something different from the literal meaning of the words idiom
The vantage point from which a story is told point of view
Point of view in which the narrator knows everything about the characters and their problems omniscient
The point of view in which the narrator focuses on the thoughts and feelings of only one character third-person
The point of view in which one of the characters, using the personal pronoun I, tells the story first-person
The main character in a work of literature protagonist
The character opposing the protagonist antagonist
The time and place of a story setting
A person, place, thing, or event that has meaning in itself and stands for something beyond itself as well symbol
The general idea or insight about life that a work of literature reveals theme
The attitude a writer takes toward his or her subject, characters, and audience tone
A contrast between expectation and reality irony
Irony that involves a contrast between what is said or written and what is really meant verbal
Irony that occurs when what happens is very different from what we expected to happen situational
Irony which occurs when the audience or reader knows something a character does not know dramatic
The use of words whose sounds imitate or suggest their meaning onomatopoeia
The series of related events that make up a story plot
The element of plot that tells who the characters are and usually introduces the conflict exposition
The part of the plot that tell about problems that arise when the characters take steps to resolve the conflict complications
The part of the plot that is usually the most exciting and where the outcome is decided one way or another climax
The part of the plot in which the conflict is resolved and the story is brought to a close resolution
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