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OAT Terms

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Allusion when a writer or speaker refers to another work of literature--In Crazy Lady, Miss Annie talks about her favorite books.
Character an individual in a story or play
Climax the point of greatest emotional intensity or suspense within the plot
Conflict a struggle or clash between opposing characters, forces, or emotions
Dynamic Character a character who changes in an important and believable way during the course of the story
First-Person Point of View the narrator is a character in the story
Flat Character a character who has only 1 or 2 key personality traits and can be described in a single sentence
Foreshadowing the use of clues to hint at what is going to happen later in the plot
Hyperbole a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion or create a comic effect (overstatement)
Irony a difference between expectation and reality - between what is said and what is really meant, what is expected and what really happens, or what appears to be true and what is really true
Limited Third-Person the narrator is outside the story but tells the story from only one character's point of view
Metaphor figure of speech that makes a comparison between two seemingly unlike things without using a connective word "like", or "as"
Omniscient the person telling the story knows everything going on in the story, even the person's personal thoughts and feelings
Onomatopoeia the use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning; ex. BANG!
Personification a kind of metaphor where a nonhuman thing or quality is talked about as if it were human
Plot a series of related events connected together like links in a chain
Point of View the vantage point from which a writer tells a story
Rising Action all the action leading up to the turning point of the plot
Round Character a complex character with many sides to their personality
Setting when and where a story takes place
Simile figure of speech that makes a comparison between two seemingly unlike things by using a connective word "like", "as", "than", or "resembles"
Static Character a character that is exactly the same from the beginning of the story to the end of the story
Symbol a person, place, thing, or even event that stands for both itself and something beyond itself; ex. lion= power, dove = peace (these are sometimes called public symbols)
Theme the central idea or insight of a work of literature, the main message of the story
Author's Purpose What the author is trying to accomplish through the writing-to inform, persuade, describe, or entertain
Inference A combination of one's own knowledge and information supplied in the text which leads to a conclusion or generalization about a subject.
Main idea The most important point that the writer makes in a reading selection; it can be stated or implied.
Dialogue Conversation between characters in a story, work of nonfiction, novel, or play.
Mood The feeling the author wants to convey to the reader through a work of literature (eg. excitement, anger, sadness, happiness, or pity)
Simile A comparison of two un-like things using the words "like" or "as" (eg. The angry girl's eyes were like flaming arrows!)
Tone The author's attitude toward his/ her subject (respect, pity, admiration, etc.)
Flashback Characters talk about or remember the past
Created by: mcoffey