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ILMS Lit Terms 1-15

Lit Terms 1-15

allegory a story or poem with talking animals that teaches a lesson or moral
alliteration repetition of initial consonant sounds
allusion an implied or direct reference to ideas, books, people or things with which the reader is already familiar
antagonist one who opposes; often a villain
apostrophe speaking to someone absent or something nonhuman as if it were present, alive, or able to speak
assonance the repetition of vowel sounds when consonant sounds are unlike
characterization the way the author develops the characters
characters people or animals in a story
climax the most exciting part of the story; where the conflict is resolved
conflict the basic struggle between central elements in fiction
crisis the point when the plot reaches its turning point; the height of the conflict
denouement the solution, the final outcome
dialogue conversation characters use
exposition introduction of material necessary for understanding the story; characters and setting are introduced
fiction a category of literature that has imaginary characters and events
Created by: ILE5