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English Final Literary Terms
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The method used by a writer to develop a character.
The central or main character of a story.
The bad guy or bad force that works against the protagonist within a story.
A character who serves as a contrast or a conflict to another character.
A literary element that involves a struggle between two opposing forces usually a protagonist and an antagonist.
Point Of View
the narrator's position in relation to the story being told.
the story and how its structure and actions and events relate to each other in a work of fiction.
Explains or summarizes background material
The action in a play before the climax
The moment in a play, novel, short story, or narrative poem at which the crisis reaches its point of greatest intensity and is thereafter resolved.
occurs after the climax as the action winds down
the outcome or result of a complex situation or sequence of events.
The use of sounds that are similar to the noise they represent for a rhetorical or artistic effect.
Language that communicates ideas beyond the ordinary or literal meaning of the words.
Exaggeration used for emphasis. This can be used to heighten effect, to catalyze recognition, or to create a humorous perception
A figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, without using the word like or as.
When something other than a human being (often an abstract quality) is treated as a human being.
An explicit comparison of two things, usually with the word "as" or "like."
a reference in a literary work to a person, place, or thing in history or another work of literature.
an interruption of the chronological sequence of an event to tell of an earlier occurrence.
when the writer provides clues or hints that suggest or predict future event in a story.
the use of words and phrases that appeal to the five senses.
the feeling that a literary work conveys to readers.
a recurring object, concept, or structure in a work of literature.
the time, place, physical details, and circumstances in which a story occurs
using something specific to stand for something else, especially an idea
a common thread or repeated idea that is incorporated throughout a literary work.
a contrast between what is expected and what actually exists or happens.
a short personal account of an incident or event
a complicated, detailed series of events or personal experiences stretching over a considerable period of time
to mention indirectly; to refer to something without giving a precise name or explicit identification
something absurd or contradictory, but may or may not be true
the reason a character does something
the theme of the story
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