24 terms

Literary Terms

STUDY
PLAY
Climax
Most exciting moment of the story; turning point
Inference
logical interpretation based on prior knowledge and experience
Conflict
a struggle between opposing forces
Symbolism
when a thing represents more than just itself
Setting
The time and place of a story
Point of View
the perspective from which a story is told
Flashback
a scene that interrupts the action of a work to show a previous event
Irony
The use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning
Suspense
the quality of the story that makes the reader curious and excited about what will happen next
Identify Patterns
continues events in the story that's being repeated
Simile
comparison using like or as
Metaphor
a comparison without using like or as
Foreshadowing
the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot
Hyperbole
Exaggeration
Rising Action
Action that leads to turning point
Theme
The main idea of the story
Exposition
introduces the characters, setting, and basic situation
Falling Action
events after the climax, leading to the resolution
Resolution
the final unraveling or solution of the plot
Dialogue
conversation between two or more people
Drawing a Conclusion
a decision one makes after thinking about info
Allegory
story, play, or picture in which characters are used as symbols; fable
direct characterization
author directly describes character
indirect characterization
the character is revealed through their personality, appearance, words, actions, and effect on others

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