← Literary terms for Midterm Export Options Alphabetize Word-Def Delimiter Tab Comma Custom Def-Word Delimiter New Line Semicolon Custom Data Copy and paste the text below. It is read-only. Select All alliteration Repetition of the beginning sounds in a group of words. Allusion A reference to a person, place, thing or event outside the work which the author expects the reader or audience to recognize antagonist The anti-hero of the story; a person placed in opposition to the main character. characterization The way in which the author helps the reader to learn about a character's appearance or personality traits. cliffhanger A chapter ending that increases suspense by leaving an exciting event up in the air. climax The turning point in a work where the main character's fortunes change dramatically; the point of highest emotional intensity or suspense. conflict The struggle between opposing forces or a problem that a character faces in a piece of literature. dynamic character One who grows, changes, or matures as a result of the experiences he/she has undergone in the story. fiction a prose account which is invented and imaginative and not a record of things as they actually happened. flashback when a character recalls or reflects on events that happened earlier in time. foreshadowing The use of hints or clues in a narrative to suggest action that is to come. genre The type of literary work, such as a fiction, nonfiction, biography, poetry, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, etc. hyperbole The use of exaggeration for effect (The jacket was a million sizes too big). irony A contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually does happen. metaphor A compariosn like a simile, but without the use of 'like' or 'as' (Mr. Burns has a heart of stone). narration The telling of a story. nonfiction A prose account that tells about something that actually happened or that presents factual information. personification A poetic device that gives human characteristics to a non-human. plot The sequence of events in the story. point of view The perspective from which a story is narrated. protagonist The hero of the story; the main character. rhyme scheme The pattern of rhyming words in a poem. satire Humor in a literary work whose purpose is to make fun of people for their failings with the hope of correcting them. setting The time and place in which the events of a story take place. simile A poetic device that compares two unlike things using 'like' or 'as' (cool as a cucumber) stanza The division of groups of lines in a long poem, as in a song. static character One who undergoes little or no change from the beginning to the end of the story. suspense The quality in a literary work that makes the reader or audience uncertain or tense about what is to come next (and anxious to keep reading in order to find out). symbol A person, place, or thing which has meaning in itself but which represents, or stands for, something else as well. theme The author's message, the main idea, the lesson or moral of the story.