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Literary Lexicon 1

Literary Lexicon Flashcards Key Words

Literary TermKey Words
Allusion Reference literary, mythological, or historical person place or thing.
Irony Contrast appearance, reality, reality opposite from what it seems, one thing expected to happen and the exact opposite occurs.
Symbol Use of any object, person, place or action that both has a meaning in itself.
Foreshadowing Use in a literary work of clues, suggest events that have yet to occur.
Epiphany Event in wich the essential nature of something; person, a situation, an object; suddenly understood in a new way. An "ah ha!" moment.
Setting The background against which action action takes place.
Suspense Quality of a literary work that makes the reader or tense about the outcome of events.
Motif Recurrent element in a literary work.
Archetype Type of character, action, or situation, that occurs, over and over in literature.
Tone Writers' attitude or feelingtoward a person, a thing, a place, an event or situation.
Theme Central message or insight into life revealed through the literary work.
Point of View Perspective from which a story is told.
Mood Feeling created by the reader by the literary work.
Repitition Device in which words,sounds, and/or ideas are used more than once to enhance rythym.
Detail Facts revealed by the author or speaker that support the attitude or tone in the work.
Imagery The words or phrases a writer uses to represent persons, objects, actions, feelings, and ideas descriptively by appealing to the five senses.
Emphasis When important aspects of a story are in important positions and in-depth development.
Characterization The methods used by an author to create a character.
Motivation A reason that explains a characters' thoughts, feelings, actions, or behavior.
Protagonist The central character.
Antagonist The character opposing the protagonist.
Dynamic Character A character that undergoes change in actions or beliefs during the course of a story.
Static Character A character that does not grow or change throughout the story.
Diction Word choice.
Denotation The specific dictionary definition of a word.
Connotation The emotions or associations a word normally arouses in pec using, hearing, or reading the word.
Figures of Speech Words or phrases that describe one thing in terms of something else.
Simile A comparison of two different things through the use of like or as.
Metaphor A comparison of two unlike things not using like or as.
Pun A play on words that are identical or similar in sound but have differnt meanings.
Idiom An accepted phrase or expression having a meaning different from the literal.
Oxymoron A form of paradox that combines a pair of opposite terms into a single unusual expression.
Hyperbole A deliberate, extravagant, and often outrageous exaggeration.
Conflict Struggle between two opposing forces.
Character Vs. Self When a character must make a decision about a problem or struggle he is having within himself.
Character VS. Society When a character has a problem with a tradition or rule of society.
Character Vs. Nature When a character has a problem with a force of nature such as cold, storms, earthquakes, etc.
Character Vs. Fate When a character has a problem with something he can't do anything about.
Created by: Spottedlegs257



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