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TOG Y3U2-D Lit Terms

TOG Dialectic literature terms- Year 3, Unit 2

Foil a character who has a parallel or contrasting personality to another character, usually the protagonist.
Archetype A word in a story that has a universal meaning.
Protagonist the main character in the story
Antagonist the character that is working against the protagonist.
Theme the message or meaning of a literary work.
Form The (literary style) or way in which an author communicates his message
plot The pattern of events that make up a story.
allegory An approach to literature or a way of communicating the meaning of a story, drama or poem by having a concrete reality represent another abstract reality.
simile a comparison of two unlike things using the words "like" or "as."
metaphor a comparison of two unlike things *without* using the words "like" or "as."
content The message of the literary work
exposition (introduction) The opening phase of story in which the writer presents the background information that the reader needs in order to understand the plot that will subsequently unfold.
rising action (conflict) The part of the plot where the action is progressing from the inciting moment toward the turning point, usually with increasing suspense and complexity.
climax the moment/ events toward which the plot of the story has been building and from which it falls away into lesser significance. It is almost always tied to the theme(s) of the story and is usually the moment or event in which the conflict is resolved.
denouement (falling action) the last phase of a story, following the climax: literally the "tying up of loose ends."
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