Midterm exam study guide Literary terms

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english 9

action

series of events or happenings in a story

allusion

a reference to a well known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art

Antagonist

a character or force in conflict with the protagonist

characterization

the act of creating and developing a character; could be direct or indirect

climax

the high point of interest or suspense in a literary work

conflict

a struggle between opposing forces; could be internal or external

connotation

an association or emotional feeling that a word calls to mind

denotation

the literal meaning of a work; its dictionary definition

dialogue

a conversation between characters

diction

a writer's or speaker's word choice; may be formal, informal, plain, etc.

exposition

the beginning of a story where characters and setting are introduced

falling action

events that follow the climax of a story and lead to its resolution

flashback

a selection of a literary work that interprets the story to relate to an event from an earlier time

foreshadowing

clues that suggest events that haven occurred yet

Genre

a division or "type" of literature

imagery

descriptive language used to create word pictures for the reader; appeals to our five senses

irony

a contrast between what is stated and what is meant or between what is expected to happen and what actualy happens

metaphor

a figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared

mood

the feeling created in the reader by a literary work

narrator

a speaker or character who tells the story

plot

the sequence of events in a literary work. includes the exposition through the resolution

Point of veiw

the perspective from which a story is told

protagonist

the main character in a literary work

resolution

the end of a story; events come to a reasonable conclusion

rising action

leads up to the climax; the part of the plot where the conflict intensifies

setting

the time and place of an action

simile

a figure of speech that makes a direct comparison using like or as

suspense

a feeling of growing uncertanty about the outcome of events in a literary work

symbol

anything that stands for or represents something else

theme

the central message or insight into life revealed by a literary work

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