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Literary Terms

Literature TermsMeanings/Parts
Novel a wrok of prose fiction at leeast 50,000 words
Genre type of literature
Examples of Genres novel, short story, poem, tragedy, play, epic
Types of characters flat (stock flat), round, static, dynamic
Flat stereotypical, minor, 1 dimensional
Examples of Flat Characters Gaston, Scar, JAfar, Ursula, Nurse, Friar Laurence
Stock Flat examples the villian, the nerd, the jock, the stern nun, and the mad scientists
Round 3 dimensional, main complex and complicated
Round examples Scout, Romeo and Juliet
Static don't change
Static examples Abby (Crucible and Danforth (Most Dangerous game)
Dynamic characters that change throughout
Dynamic examples Darth vader, Jem and Scout (TKAM)
Plot the sequence of events in a story with an emphiasis on cause and affect
Five Parts of Plot Expostion, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Denouement (Resolution)
Exposition introduction of antaginist adn protagonist, intro to conflict, setting, backround info presented ----- (Antaginist does not have to be person---ex. Perfect Storm, the giver, number the stars)
Foils contrasting characters
Foil examples Grifindor and Slythrin, Romeo and Tybalt, Abby and Elizabeth
Conflict the problem
Common Conflicts human vs. human, self, nature, God, technology, or supernatural
Setting time, place, mood (atmosphere)
Rising Action the conflict developing and moving towards the climax
Climax the turning point
Falling Action conflict begins to wond down
Denoue'ment (resolution) conflict is solved
Theme main implied insight of a literary work
Motfi or Rhythm recurring word, phrase, image, or symbol that helps sonify the work and often helps develop the theme
Motif/ rhytm examples jaws, harry potter
Pattern the motif becomes constant or forms the structure of the work
Buildungsroman growing up story
Buildingsroman examples The Facts of Life, Little Women, The Brady Bunch, (Rocky)
Point of View Choice of narrator in story or literature
Point of View Examples 1st person (unreliable narrator), 2nd, 3rd (omniscient), 3rd (objective), 3rd (limited)
Foreshadowing seeing something that might happen in the future
Symbol concrete; represents something else
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