Starting Points, lesson 12 Vocabulary

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Starting Points, Arlington, TX Mr. Woosley

onomatopoeia

sound words

metaphor

comparing dissimilar things without the use of "like" or "as".

hyperbole

overstatement, exaggeration

irony

incongruity (mismatch) between what actually happens and what might be expected to happen, especially when the disparity seems absurd or humorous

simile

comparing dissimilar things using the world "like" or "as".

personification

giving human qualities to inanimate objects

alliteration

using words in sequence that repeat the same initial consonant sound.

foreshadowing

hints within the text of events that will take place later in the story

paradox

an apparent contradiction

protagonist

the character whose quest forms the main idea of the plot.

climax

the turning point of a story; the highest point of interest or tension.

conflict

the problem that drives the plot of the story to its conclusion

denouement

the disentangling of the intricacies of the plot, the falling action.

antagonist

the villain of a story

exposition

the introduction of a story, where the author presents his characters in their setting and hints at the contral conflict.

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