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english lit terms 2

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drama
a story designed to be acted out
foil
a character that is used to contrast another character
dramatic irony
when the audience or the reader knows something important that a character does not know
oxymoron
a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms
plot
what a story is about or the events in a story
setting
when and where a story takes place
point of view
who is telling the story;can be limited or omniscient,1st or 3rd person
simile
a comparison using the words "like" or "as"
tragedy
the presentation of serious and important actions that end unhappily
soliloquy
a speech by a character,alone onstage,who is speaking to him/herself or to the audience
foreshadowing
verbal and dramtic hints that suggest what is to come later
paradox
a word used to describe situations that are ironic,contradictory or surprising
theme
the meaning you are supposed to get from a story
characterization
finding out about a character through direct and indirect methods
mood
a distinctive emotional quality given to a character or setting
metaphor
a comparison without using the words "like" or "as"
tragic hero
the central character,usually a noble figure,in a tragedy who has a personal failing that leads to his or her downfall
aside
a comment that only the audience is supposed to hear
imagery
the usage of details and descriptions in order to create a sensory experiencee for the reader or audience
personification
a form of metaphor in which human characteristics are attributed to nonhuman things
narration
the act or process of telling the particulars of a story
allusion
a brief reference to a person,place,thing,event or idea in history or literature
irony
a contrast between what appears to be and what really is
comic relief
a humorous scene or incident that alleviates tension in an otherwise serious work
blank verse
the English verse form closest to the natural rhythms of English speech
monologue
a long speech by one character to one or more other characters onstage
pun
a play on words that relies on a word having more than one meaning or sounding like another word
symbolism
the practice of representing things by symbols,or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character
conflict
the problem or crisis of a story
inference
an idea logically derived from another idea