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literary terms for 1020

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Allegory
a short moral story (often with animal characters)
Allusion
a reference to something literary, mythological, or historical that the author assumes the reader will recognize
Antagonist
the character who works against the protagonist in the story
Antihero
a protagonist who lacks the characteristics that would make him a hero (or her a heroine)
Archetype
an original model on which something is patterned
Comic relief
A humorous scene or speech intended to lighten the mood
Denouement
the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work
Dynamic character
one whose character changes in the course of the play or story
Epiphany
a moment of sudden revelation or insight
Flashback
a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to an earlier event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story
Flat character
a character who embodies a single quality and who does not develop in the course of a story
Foreshadowing
the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot
Irony
incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
Naive narrator
narrator, such as a child, who does not understand the full implications of the narrative
Naturalism
an artistic movement in 19th century France
Omniscient narrator
a narrator who is able to know, see, and tell all, including the inner thoughts and feelings of the characters
Point of view
the perspective from which a story is told
Protagonist
the main character
Round character
this character is fully developed - the writer reveals good and bad traits as well as background
Setting
arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
Stock character
the stereotyped character in which he is immediately known from typical characters in history
Stream of consciousness
a literary genre that reveals a character's thoughts and feeling as they develop by means of a long soliloquy
Symbol
something that stands for something else
Theme
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
Thesis
the primary position taken by a writer or speaker
Tone
the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
Unreliable narrator
a narrator whose account of events appears to be faulty, misleadingly biased, or otherwise distorted