English Vocab

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English Vocab
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General Literary Terms
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  1. Allegory
    a narrative which the characters or setting represents multiple levels of meaning
  2. Allusion
    a reference to a literary or historical event, person, place
  3. Antagonist
    any force that is in opposition to the main character
  4. Archetype
    recurrent designs, patterns of action, character types, themes, images, which are identifiable in a wide range of literature
  5. Extended Metaphor
    a detailed and complex metaphor that extends over a long section of work
  6. Fable
    a legend or a short moral story often using animals as characters (aesop)
  7. Farce
    a play or scene in a play or book that is characterized by broad humor, wild antics, and often slapstick and physical humor (monty python)
  8. Foreshadowing
    hints of the future
  9. Flashback
    where an earlier event is inserted into the normal chronology of the narrative
  10. Genre
    a type or class of literature such as an epic, narrative, or poetry
  11. Imagery
    writing that evokes feelings or images
  12. Irony
    a situation where the least expected event actually happens
  13. Metaphor
    comparing to unlike objects directly
  14. Motif
    a recurrent device, formula, or situation in a narrative
  15. Mood
    the feeling one gets from reading a narrative
  16. Omniscient POV
    an all-seeing perspective where the reader has access to the perceptions and thoughts of all the characters in the story
  17. Oxymoron
    a figure of speech that combines two apparently contradictory elements (jumbo shrimp)
  18. Paradox
    a statement that seems contradictory but may actually be true (peace is war)
  19. Parody
    a work that imitates another for comic effect
  20. Personification
    treating a nonhuman object as if it had human qualities
  21. Plot
    the arrangement of the narration based on the relationship of events
  22. Protagonist
    the main character of the story
  23. Rhetorical Question
    a question that is asked for stylistic effect and is not expected to be answered
  24. Sarcasm
    a statement that seems to show praise but actually shows criticism
  25. Setting
    the time and place of the action in a story
  26. Simile
    comparing two unlike objects using like or as
  27. Stereotype
    characterization based on assumptions
  28. Style
    a writer's typical way of writing
  29. Symbolism
    objects that represent ideas
  30. Theme
    the story's overall lesson, point, or social observation
  31. Tone
    reflects the narrator's attitude toward a subject or theme
  32. Tragedy
    a drama in which a character is brought to a disastrous end in his or her confrontation with a superior force

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