Literary Terms

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Literary Terms
2011-12-21 15:56:01
Literary Terms

Literary Terms
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  1. Tone
    the attitude a writer takes toward the audience, a subject, or a character
  2. Climax
    the moment of great emotional intensity or suspence in a plot
  3. Static Character
    a character who does not change much in the course of the story (TV static/show)
  4. Allusion
    a reference to a statement, a person, a plae or event from literature, history, religion, mythology, politics, sports, science or pop culture
  5. Foil
    a character used as a contrast to another character (Donkey in Shrek)
  6. Flashback
    a scene in a movie, play, short story, novel, or narrative poem that interrupts the present action of the plot to flash backward and tell what happened at an earlier time
  7. Onomatopoeia
    the use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning (snap, crackle, pop)
  8. Symbol
    a person, place, thing or event that stands for itself and for something beyond itself
  9. Setting
    a time or place of a story or play
  10. Theme
    the central idea of a work of literature
  11. Personification
    a type of metaphor in which a nonhuman thing or quality is talked about as if it were human
  12. Protagonist
    the main character in a work of fiction or drama
  13. Foreshadowing
    the use of clues to hint at events that will occur later in the plot
  14. Direct Charactereization
    is when we do not have to decide for ourselves what a character is like because the author tells us directly
  15. Internal conflict
    takes place entirely within a character's mind
  16. Flat Character
    has only one or two traits that can be described in a few words (Bruce the shark in Finding Nemo)
  17. Verbal Irony
    when the writer or speaker says one thing but really means something completely different
  18. Metaphor
    a figure of speech that makes the comparison between two unlike things, in which one thing becomees another thing without the use of like, as, than, or resemples
  19. Antagonist
    the force that blocks the main character in the story
  20. Omniscient Point of View
    when the person telling the story knows everything there is to know about the characters and their problems
  21. Simile
    a figure of speech that makes a comparison betweet two unlike things using words such as like, as, resembles or than
  22. Suspense
    uncertaintly or anxiety the reader feels about what is going to happen next in a story
  23. First Person Point of View
    when one of the characters is actually the narrator telling the story, using the pronoin I
  24. Dynamic Character
    a character that changes as a result of the story's events
  25. Basic Situation
    the opening of the story, where characters and their conflict is usually introduced
  26. Denouement
    the end of the story whether resolution is reached
  27. 3rd Person Limited Point of View
    the narrator that plays no role in the story but zooms in on the thoughts and feelings of just one character
  28. Situation Irony
    occurs when there is a conflict between what would seem appropriate and what really happens or when there is a contradiction between what we expect to happenand what really does take place
  29. Falling Action
    is the time between the climax and the resolution when things begin to calm in the story
  30. Indirect Characterization
    when the reader has to use their own judgement to decide what a character is like, based on the evidence the writer has given
  31. Round Character
    like a real person with many different character traits, which sometimes contradict one another
  32. Complications
    occurs in the part of the plot when the character begins to attempt to resolve the conflict but encounters more problems
  33. External Conflict
    occurs when the audience or reader knows something important that a character in a play or story does not know