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A character, usually a minor one, who emphasizes the qualities of another one through implied comparison and contrast of the two. Foil
The character (or a force such as war or poverty) in a drama, poem, or work of fiction whose actions oppose those of the protagonist Antagonist
The main character in drama or fiction, sometimes called the hero Protagonist
A pattern of identical or similar images recurring throughout a passage or entire work Motif
involves the difference between what a character believes true and what the better-informed reader or audience knows to be true Dramatic Irony
the attitude a writer conveys toward his or her subject and audience. In poetry, it is sometimes called voice Tone
The emotional content of a scene or setting usually described in terms of feeling; somber gloomy, joyful, expectant. Mood
a moment of insight for a character, in which the light of truth suddenly dawns Epiphany
Unmitigated pride, often the cause of the Hero's downfall in Greek Tragedy. Hubris
Early clues about what will happen later in a narrative or play Foreshadowing
May include the author's comments on the action, presents the story through a combination or characters, shifting from one person's thoughts to another Omniscient point of view
part of a narrative that interrupts the chronological flow by relating events from the past flashback
A viewpoint character who presents a biased or erroneous report that may mislead or distort a reader's judgments about other characters and actions, sometimes the unreliable narrator may be self-deceived Unreliable point of view/narrator
tells the story through the voice of a central character and is often presented as a first person account Central Point of View
Presents the story directly, as a play does, using only external actions, speeches & gestures Dramatic Point of View
An indirect reference to some character or event in literature, history, or mythology that enriches the meaning of the passage Allusion
a literary character with sufficient complexity to be convincing & true to life Round character
in contrast to a well-developed round character, a flat one is stereotyped or shallow, not seeming as complex as real people. Flat character
In film, an overall scene or sequence that provides information about location, atmosphere, period, or other background that the viewer needs for orientation. Establishing shot
in classical tragedy, the purging of pity and/or fear experienced by the audience at the end of a play Catharsis
the attempt to produce an emotional response that exceeds the circumstances and to draw from the readers unthinking feeling instead of intellectual judgement Sentimentality
a film-editing technique. Pieces together two separately shot scenes are intermixed, creating a sequence that moves back and forth between them. The technique invites comparison and contrast between the two scenes. Crosscutting
Something that may be validly interpreted in more than one way; double-meaning Ambiguity
The struggle between characters or forces that causes tension or suspense in the plot. Conflict
a drama is divided into five parts, or acts which some refer to as a dramatic arc: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and dénouement. Classical Dramatic Structure
a film that stays true to the book version Close adaptation
A film that is based on (retains spirit or essence), but strays from the book version Loose Adaptation
a character that does not change or develop Static Character
a character that changes and develops over the course of the story Dynamic Character
the person created by the author to be the speaker of the poem or story. The Persona is not usually identical to the writer. Persona
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