Literary Terms

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29 terms · all twenty nine literary terms

idiom

An expression that cannot be understood if taken literally (ex- "Get your head out of the clouds").

dynamic character

someone who changes in an important way during the course of the story

flat character

A character who shows only one main characteristic during the course of a work of literature.

third person point of view

someone on the outside is looking in and telling the story as he/she see it unfold.

anaphora

the deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs

alliteration

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse

allusion

a reference to something literary, mythological, or historical that the author assumes the reader will recognize

archetype

the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype.

assonance

repetition of vowel sounds

character

a person or animal who takes part in the action of a literary work

diction

word choice

dialect

a regional variety of a language, with differences in vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation; also a form of a language spoken by members of a particular social class or profession

flashback

a scene that interrupts the action of a work to show a previous event

foreshadowing

the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot

imagery

description that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)

conflict

opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)

denouement

an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot

mood

the overall emotion created by a work of literature

paradox

(logic) a self-contradiction

plot

the sequence of events in a story

point of view

the perspective from which a story is told

first person point of view

a character in the story is actually telling the story himself/herself

rhetorical shift

Refers to a change or movement in a piece resulting from an epiphany, realization, or insight gained by the speaker, a character, or the reader

setting

The time and place of a story

symbolism

when a thing represents more than just itself

synedoche

Figure of speech in which a part stands for the whole

theme

central idea of a work of literature

tone

The attitude of the author toward the audience and characters (e.g., serious or humorous).

suspense

Uncertainty or anxiety the reader feels about what is going to happen next in a story

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