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allegory

literary work in which all or most of characters, settings, and events stand for ideas, qualities, or figures beyond themselves

alliteration

repetition of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words

allusion

reference to well-known person, place, event, music. literary work or work of art

analogy

comparison between two unlike things

anecdote

brief account of interesting or funny event

antagonist

force or character opposing the protagonist

assonance

repetition of vowel sounds

ballad

narrative song or poem

biography

story of a person's life

blank verse

poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter

character

person or force in a literary work

round character

character whose good and bad quaitites are shown

flat character

only one personality trait is shown

dynamic character

character who changes in the course of the literary work

static character

character who stays the same in the course of a literary work

characterization

act of creating and developing a character in a literary work

direct characterization

author tells reader what a character is like

indirect characterization

author lets reader make up his/her own mind about a character

plot

sequence of events that make up a story

exposition

introduction

rising action

action between the exposition and the climax

climax

point of highest emotional intensity; turning point

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