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Literature

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Allegory
an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances
Allusion
a reference to something literary, mythological, or historical that the author assumes the reader will recognize
Analogy
drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect
Anecdote
short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)
Character
the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions
Climax
the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding
Conflict
opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)
Connotation
an idea that is implied or suggested
Dialect
the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people
Fable
a short moral story (often with animal characters)
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
Flash Forward
An action that jumps ahead of the story to narrate an event that happens at a later time.
Foil
anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities
Folk tale
a tale circulated by word of mouth among the common folk
foreshadowing
the act of providing vague advance indications
Genre
a kind of literary or artistic work
Characterization
acting the part of a character on stage
indirect characterzation
takes place when the writer lets you drawyour own conclusions about someone from what the person says or how people react to the person
Direct characterization
Author directly describes character
Static character
a character that does not change from the beginning of the story to the end
flat character
a character who embodies a single quality and who does not develop in the course of a story
round character
this character is fully developed - the writer reveals good and bad traits as well as background
subordinate character
less important or minor characters
motivation
the act of motivating
idiom
an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
Irony
incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
Mood
a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
Myth
a traditional story accepted as history
Plot
a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal)
Point of view
the spatial property of the position from which something is observed
Satire
witty language used to convey insults or scorn
Setting
arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
Tall tale
an improbable (unusual or incredible or fanciful) story
Theme
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
Tone
a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color
tone
a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color
theme
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
tall tale
an improbable (unusual or incredible or fanciful) story
plot
a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal)
point of view
the spatial property of the position from which something is observed
Genre
a kind of literary or artistic work
Foil
a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal
Fable
a short moral story (often with animal characters)
Allegory
an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances
Foil
a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal
foil
a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal, a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal
foil
a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal
foil
a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal