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literary terms

plot

the series of related events occuring in a story

setting

the location/area in which the story takes place

theme

the concept or central message that is conveyed in the story

foreshadowing

when the author provides hints of what is later to come in the story

climax

the highest point of the story, what the conflicts and complications build up to

dynamic character

changes in some way throughout the story

antagonist

against the main character

protagonist

the main character in the story, usually the "good guy"

personification

a type of figurative language in which a nonhuman subject is given human characteristics

simile

comparison between two unlike things using "like" or "as"

character

person/thing/animal appearing in a story.

minor character

character in the story, but is not of great importance.

static character

character that remains the same throughout the story

hyperbole

an exaggeration, over-statement

irony

when the opposite of what is expected happens

round character

character that usually shows many sides of personality and shows growth or maturity throughout the story

flat character

character that usually only shows one side of his/her personality and shows growth

allusion

a reference in literary work to a person, place, or thing in histroy or another work of literature.

narrator

one who tells the story

point of view

a way the events of a story are conveyed to the reader

suspense

the tension that the author uses to create a feeling of discomfort about the unknown

conflict

struggle between opposing forces

characterization

the personality a character displays

onomatopoeia

word whose sound imitates/suggests its meaning

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