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Protagonist

the principal character in a work of fiction

Antagonist

A character or force in conflict with the main character

static

Does Not change during the story as he/she relates to the Plot

dynamic

expressing action rather than a state of being

Confidante

character who shares secrets, personal information, or discussions of intimate or internal conflicts with another

Foil

Opposite personality

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

theme

a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work

setting

arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted

Point of View (POV)

the perspective from which a story is told

Allusion

passing reference or indirect mention

allegory

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

alliteration

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse

anti-hero

a protagonist who lacks the characteristics that would make him a hero (or her a heroine)

Direct Characterization

Author directly describes character

Indirect Characterization

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

Internal Conflict

a struggle between opposing needs, desires, or emotions within a single character

external Conflict

a problem or struggle between a character and someone or something outside of the character

man v. Man Conflict

a struggle between two characters, external

self Conflict

the type of conflict that occurs when a person has to choose between two or more mutually exclusive options

nature conflict

A conflict between a character and nature.

foreshadowing

the act of providing vague advance indications

Imagery

the ability to form mental images of things or events

Irony

incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs

metaphor

a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity

mood

a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling

motif

a design that consists of recurring shapes or colors

onomatopoeia

using words that imitate the sound they denote

oxymoron

conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence')

personification

representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature

simile

a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')

symbolism

the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning

synesthesia

a sensation that normally occurs in one sense modality occurs when another modality is stimulated

tone

a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color

1st person

when the narrator is telling the story from his/her point of view, the word "I" is present outside of quotes

3rd person

when the narrator is telling the story about one character that is not him/herself and is aware of other characters' actions and possibly their thoughts

MLA format

Heading
margins
page numbers
spacing

Active voice

the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb

author

writer of a book

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