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(CK) Literary Terms

A reference to a person, event, place, or a work of art. This can be from history, geography, literature, religion, or culture. ALLUSION
The comparison of two pairs which have the same relationship. ANALOGY
A character or force in a literary work that opposes the efforts of the hero or main character. ANTAGONIST
The turning point in a story where the crisis reaches its point of greatest intensity. CLIMAX
A problem or struggle in a story. This can be internal or external, or both. CONFLICT
The emotional association surrounding a word. The feelings associated with a word. CONNOTATION
The dictionary definition of a word. DENOTATION
The lines spoken by a character in a story, especially a conversation between two characters. DIALOGUE
A temporary interruption in the present action so that the reader can witness past events -- usually in the form of a character's memories, dreams, or narration. FLASHBACK
Hints or clues given to the reader about what may happen later in the story. FORESHADOWING
A category of literature. The four main categories are fiction, drama, poetry, and nonfiction. GENRE
An exaggeration designed for effect. HYPERBOLE
An expression or phrase which should not be taken literally. IDIOM
A difference between appearance and reality or between what is expected and what actually happens. There are 3 main kinds: verbal, situational, and dramatic. IRONY
A type of figurative language that compares two things without using the words like or as. METAPHOR
A word that imitates the sound it represents. ONOMATOPOEIA
Giving human qualities and characteristics to animals or objects. PERSONIFICATION
The perspective from which a story is told. Three types are first person, third person limited, and third person omniscient. POINT OF VIEW
The central or main character in a literary work. PROTAGONIST
The part of the story where the conflict or problem is resolved. It does not always mean a happy ending. RESOLUTION
This includes the time period and the place of the story. SETTING
The comparison of two things using the words like or as. SIMILE
An object or action that means something more than its literal meaning. SYMBOL
The general idea or insight about life that a writer wishes to express. THEME
The author's attitude toward his subject or character. Types include: serious, humorous, sarcastic, ironic, solemn, objective. TONE
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