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Vocab

Denotation

the dictionary meaning of a word

Indirect Characterization

The reader learns about the character through his of her actions, words and the opinions of the other character

Verbol irony

When a speaker or narrator says one thing while meaning another

Situational Irony

When a situation turns out differently from what one would normally expect

Dramatic Irony

A character says of does something that has a different meaning from what he thinks it means, though the audience and the other character understand the full implications of the speech or actions

Point of View

the perspective from which a story is told

1st person point of view

Narrated from a character's perspective, usually using "i"

3rd person limited

The narrator knows what the person is thinking but uses "he/she" or the characters name

3rd person omniscient

The narrator is all knowing

Connotation

The feeling a person get's when hearing a word

Dialog

a conversation between two or more people

Theme

The central message of a literary work

Mood

How the reader feels during a story

Antagonist

A character or force in conflict with the protagonist

Plot

The sequence of events or actions in a short story, novel, play, or narrative poem

imagery

Consists of words or phrases appealing to the five senses

setting

The time and place in which events in a short story takes place

Protagonist

The main character

Personification

Giving inanimate objects realistic charactistics

Foreshadowing

Givings hints or clues to whats going to happen next

Epiphany

A sudden realization

Simile

Compearing something to something else using "like" or "as"

Metaphor

Compairing something to something else without using "like" or "as"

Symbol

A thing that represents or stands for something else

Suspense

A state of feeling of uncertainty about what may happen

Internal Conflict

A character in conflict with himself or herself
(man vs. self)

External Conflict

A conflict occuring outside the mind of a character
(man vs. man)
(man vs. nature)
(man vs. society)

Direct Characterization

When the reader directly states the character's traits

Tone

the author's attitude toward the subject

Diction

The choice of word in speech or writing

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