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lnr: Literary words

Vocab words

The person, place, event or object that, if removed from the story, the story never takes place. Protagonist
The character in direct conflict with the protagonist Antagonist
The method the author uses to acquaint the reader with the character. He can do this through any of four methods: Characterization
Describe the character Show the character through the character’s own speech and behavior Give opinions and reactions of the other characters Show the character through the character’s own thoughts and feelings Characterization methods
Conversation between characters Dialogue
An interruption to show what happened at an earlier time. This is done to provide background information. Flashback
The author’s use of hints or clues about events which will happen later in the narrative foreshadowing
The contrast between what is expected or appears to be, and what actually occurs irony
The contrast of saying the opposite of what is meant verbal irony
Based on the difference between the way things work out and what is expected to happen or appears appropriate irony of situation
Extends verbal irony to include lengthy passages in which an author expresses an attitude opposite to what he feels irony of tone
The author’s choice of narrator for his story point of view
The narrator is a character in the story revealing his own thoughts and feelings first person POV
The narrator is an outside who reports only what he sees and hears Third Person Objective POV
The narrator is an all-knowing outsider who can enter the mind of one or all of the characters Omniscient PoV
The author ridicules the vices of man in hopes of bringing about a change Satire
A person, place, event, or object that has a meaning unto itself but suggests other meanings as well Symbolism
The significant pattern of action in a short story, novel, or play. The plot usually involves one or more specific conflicts either external or internal plot
The struggle which rises from the two opposing forces in a plot conflict
A problem the character has with himself internal conflict
A problem between two characters or characters and the elements external conflict
The underlying meaning or general truth about life in a story theme
Where the story takes place setting
A reasonable and intelligent conclusion drawn from hints provided by the author inference
The mood of a work of literature tone
The highest point of interest in a work of literature climax
A reference to a person, place, event, or artistic work that the author expects the reader to recognize allusion
Sometimes called “vowel rhyme”; the repetition of vowel sounds in a line of poetry (the important thing is the sound, not the letter itself) Assonance
Also known as “initial rhyme”; the repetition of initial sounds of words, usually consonants, in a line Alliteration
Unrhymed iambic pentameter blank verse
Poetry of any length and of no particular form free verse
An overused phrase Cliché
The associations, usually emotional, one has with a word Connotation
The dictionary definition of a word Denotation
Used to create the physical world in which the story’s action and dialogue take place description
A distinctive variation of a language that is spoken by a people in a certain region or people from a particular social class dialect
The use in writing of the local setting, dialect, customs, and attitudes typical of a region Local Color
A five-line light verse poem limerick
A rather long poem that mourns the death of a friend, public figure, or the passing of a way of life elegy
An expression that uses words in ways different from their literal meanings figure of speech
A comparison of two dissimilar things using the words like and as simile
Makes a direct comparison between two dissimilar things metaphor
A figure of speech in which the author uses intentional exaggeration to make a point hyperbole
A device in which authors let you “get inside” a character’s head so you can “hear” what he’s thinking Interior Monologue
A method of narrative fiction that attempts to recreate the chaotic flow of thoughts in a character’s mind Stream of Consciousness
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