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literary terms123

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protagonist person, place, event, or object that if removed from the story, the story never takes place.
antagonist character in direct conflict with the protagonists.
characterization the method the author uses to acquant the reader with character. he can do this through 4 methods.
dialogue conversation between characters
flashback interruption to show what happend at an earlier time.This is done to provide background info
foreshadowing authors use of hints or clues about events which will happen later in the narrative
irony contrast between what is expected or appears to be, & what actually occurs.
verbal irony contrast of saying the opposite of what is meant.
irony of situation based on th e difference between the way things work out and what is expected to happen or appears appropriate.
irony of tone extends verbal irony to include lengthy passahes in which an author expresses and attitude opposite to what he feels.
point of veiw (PoV) authors' choice of narrator for his story.
first person PoV narrator is a character in the story revealing his own thoughts & feelings.
third person PoV narrator is an outside who reports only what he sees & hears.
omniscient PoV narrator is all-knowing outsider who can enter th emind of 1 or more characters.
satire author ridicules the voice of man in hopes of bringing about a change.
symbolism person, place, event, or object that has a meaning unto itself but suggests other meanings as well
plot significant pattern of action in a short story, novel, or play. Usually involves one or more specific comflicts either internal or external.
conflict the struggle which rises from the 2 opposites force a plot.
internal conflict problem w/ the character has w/ himself
external conflict problem b/w 2 characters or character and the elements.
theme underlying meaning or general truth about life in a story.
setting where the story takes place.
inference reasonable & intellegent conclusion drawn from hints provided by the author.
tone mood of a workof literature.
climax highest pt. of interst in a work of literature.
allusion refernce to a preson, place, event, or artistic work that the author expects the reader to rconginize.
assonance "vowel rhyme"
alliteration "initial rhyme" repiptiation of initial sounds of words
blank verse unrhymed iamic pentameter
free verse poety of any legnth & of no particular form
cliche overused phrase
connatation associations, usually really emotional, 1 has a w/ a word
denotaion dictionary definition of a word
description used to create the physical world in which the story's action & dialoge take place
dialect distinctive variation of a language that is spoken by ppl. in a certianregion or ppl. from a particular social class.
local color use in writing of the local setting, dialect, customs, & attitudes typical of a region.
limerck five-line light verse poem
elegy rather long poem that mourns the death of a friend, public figure, or passin of a way of life.
figure of speech expression that uses words in ways different from their literal meanings.
simile comparision of 2 things that are not alike by using the words like & as
metaphor makes a direct comparision b/w 2 dissimiliar things
hyperbole figure of speech in which the author uses international exageration to make a pt.
interior monolouge deivice in which authors let you "get inside a charaters head so you can hear" what hes thinking.
stream of concious method of narrative fiction that attempts to recreate the chaotic flow of thoughts in a character's mind.
Created by: haleynfloyd



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