23 terms

Literacy Terms 21-41

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Irony
Dramatic: when the reader or audience knows something the character does not
Situational: when there is a disparity between what is expected and what actually occurs
Verbal: when the speaker says one thing but means the opposite
Metaphor
An implied comparison between dissimilar objects: "her talent blossomed"
Motif
A recurring feature of literary work that is related to the theme
Onomatopoeia
use of a word whose sound imitates its meaning: "hiss"
Oxymoron
Phrase that consists of two words that are contradictory: "living dead"
Personification
Figure of speech in which non-human things are given human characteristics
Plot
The sequence of events in a literary work
Point of View
The vantage point or perspective from which a literary work is told
1st person point of view
The narrator is a character in the story(use of 'I')
3rd person point of view
The narrator is outside the story(use of 'he' she' 'they')
Protagonist
The main character in a literary work
Rhyme
Repetition of a similar or identical sounds: "look and crook"
Rhyme Scheme
Pattern of rhyme among lines of poetry [denoted using letters as in "ABAB CDCD EE"
Setting
The time and place of a literary work
Simile
A direct comparison of dissimilar objects, usually using like or as: "I wandered lonely as a cloud"
Soliloquy
A dramatic device in which a character is alone and speaks his or her thoughts aloud
Speaker
Voice in a poem; the person or thing that is speaking
Stanza
Group of lines forming a unit in a poem
Stereotype
Standardized, conventional ideas about characters, plots, and settings
Suspense
Technique that keeps the reader guessing what will happen next
Symbol/Symbolism
One thing(object, person, place) used to represent something else
Theme
The underlying main idea of a literary work. Differs from the subject of a literary work in that it involves a statement or opinion about the subject
Tone
The author's attitude toward the subject of a work