Literary Terms Quiz

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Terms for Quiz Weds. May 19th

characterization

the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character

climax

the highest point; the greatest moment or event, turning point

conflict

clash of purposes, in novel, story, and PLAY.

epiphany

sudden perceptions (moment of understanding)

figure of speech

an expression that strives for literary effect rather than conveying a literal meaning

foil

someone who serves as a contrast or challenge to another character

foreshadow

suggest what will come later in a story, novel, or play, hints, or events of same nature

image

picture aroused in mind, words that summon a image

imagery

words that summon up an image in the mind

irony

using a word or phrase to mean the exact opposite of its literal meaning, dramatic, verbal

metaphor

a figure of speech that suggests a resemblance between two different things WITHOUT using a word of comparison

motive

reasons for a character acting a certain way.

pathos

a feeling of sympathetic pity, also the qualities in a literary work that cause such a feeling

plot

everything that happens in a story, novel, or play

point of view

vantage point of story

protagonist

person who is main character/hero

antagonist

working against hero

romanticism

favors the imagination, emotions, and individual originality

satire

literary tone used to make fun of human vice or weakness

setting

time and place

simile

comparison USING like or as

stream of consciousness

thoughts and feelings of writer recorded as they occur

symbol

stands for an idea

theme

underlying idea of a work

tone

attitude of author towards reader

total effect

final, overall impression, left to the reader

allegory

narrative technique that characters represents abstract things, message or lessons

allusion

reference to familiar literary person or event

colloquialism

word or phrase that is accepted in casual conversation but not for communication

conceit

clever, metaphor, elaborate comparison

diction

selection and arrangement of words in a literary work, 4 types

doppelganger

character duplicated, opposite personalities, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Enlightenment

18th century philosophical movement, reason,

farce

comedy, humor

Harlem Renaissance

1920's movement of black writers and artists

hyperbole

exaggeration

motif

reoccurring theme

Naturalism

literary movement in late 19th early 20th century, determinism

neoclassicism

age of reason, revival of attitudes and style in classic literature.

oxymoron

2 contradictory terms

parody

imitation of serious literary work inappropriate subject

tragic flaw

leads to downfall, usually hubris, pride

Transcendentalism

American philosophical and religious movement, 1835

style

manner of writing

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