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SL's Lit. Elements

Definitions of Literary Elements (from Mrs. K) All of the * marks = important

ARCHETYPE something seen so often in literature that it has *universal signifigance*
PROTAGONIST the character that *moves the story forward*
DYNAMIC a character that *changes* somehow in the story.
ANTAGONIST the *adversary* of the protagonist (goes against)
FLAT CHARACTER a character *we do not know much* about
STATIC CHARACTER a character who *does not change*
CONFLICT a *problem* faced by the character(s)
DICTION *word choice* for a certain effect
DENOTATIVE *definition*. the word's meaning
CONNOTATION the *feeling* implied by the word
FLASHBACK to interrupt the action to *look back*
FORESHADOWING *hints* about the answer of the conflict/ what is to come
IMAGERY *descriptive*. sensory writing
MOOD the atmosphere or *main emotion*
EXPOSITION the *introduction*, what happens before the action begins
DENOEMENT (note: that is note DENOUNCEMENT) final *wrapping up* of the story
RHETORICAL SHIFT a *realization* or change in thinking of the reader or character, the "lightbulb going off"
SYNTAX the *arrangement* of words ex. Sarah said vs. said Sarah
ALLUSION a reference to something outside the story
HYPERBOLE extreme *exaggeration*
VERBAL IRONY saying one thing and *meaning another*
SITUATIONAL IRONY then a situation turns out *different than expected*
DRAMATIC IRONY a character saying something that is not ironic to him, but is ironic to the reader and other characters
MOTIF a *recurring image* happening throughout the story
SARCASM (the key to life) saying one thing and *meaning another*
SATIRE *poking fun* at something in order to expoe human folly or a societal problem.
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