Literary terms

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Fable

a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events

Theme

central idea of a work of literature

Non-fiction

writing that tells about real people, places, and events

fiction

a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact

purpose

one's intention or objective in a speech or piece of writing

Tone

the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author

mood

the overall emotion created by a work of literature

suspense

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

autobiography

Story of a person's life written by that person

figurative language

Writing or speech that is used to create vivid impressions by setting up comparisons between dissimilar things, [examples are metaphor, simile, and personification.

dialect

the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people

direct characterization

Author directly describes character

indirect characterization

the character is revealed through their personality, appearance, words, actions, and effect on others

protagonist

the principal character in a work of fiction

antagonist

the character who works against the protagonist in the story

round character

this character is fully developed - the writer reveals good and bad traits as well as background

flat character

a character who embodies a single quality and who does not develop in the course of a story

dynamic character

a character who undergoes change during the story

static character

a character that does not change from the beginning of the story to the end

foil character

a character who is used as a contrast to another character; the contrast emphasizes the differences between the two characters, bringing out the distinctive qualities in each

symbol

something in a literary work that stands for something else

irony

incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs

satire

witty language used to convey insults or scorn

allegory

an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances

propaganda

information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.

elements of plot

All fiction is based on conflict and this conflict is presented in a structured format called PLOT.

genre

a kind of literary or artistic work

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