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Literary Terms/6th/B

metaphor type of figurative language- a camparison of two things without using like or as
simile type of figurative language- a camparison of two things using like or as
hyperbole type of figurative language- exaggeration (ex. I have a million things to do today.)
personification type of figurative language- giving non-human objects human characteristics (ex. American has thrown her hat into the ring and will be joining forces with the British.)
imagery the author's attempt to create a mental picture in the mind of the reader
plot the sequence of events in a story
conflict elements of the plot- the problem(s) a character faces or must overcome
setting the time,place and period in which the action takes place
protagonist the leading character in a literary work
antagonist the character who opposes the leading character
dialogue the reproduction of a conversation between two of the characters
theme the main idea or underlying meaning of a literary work- differs from the topic in that it involves a statement or opinion about the topic.
tone the author's attitude toward the subject
alliteration repeated consonant sounds occurring at the beginning of words or within words (ex. Sally sells seashells at the seashore)
foreshadowing element of plot- when the writer clues the reader into something that will eventaully occur in the story
exposition introduction- background information regarding the setting, characters, plot...
Rising action the process the story follows as it builds to its main conflict
resolution/denouement the way the story ends... when the characters problems are solved
first-person point of view the narrator is a character in the story- I
third-person point of view when the story is told from someone who is not in the story- he, she, they,
Climax the most emotional or suspenseful moment in the story
falling action after the climax...leads to the resolution
internal conflict man vs. himself (struggle within)
external conflcit man vs. man, man vs. nature, man vs. society
Created by: mbushell