Literary Terms: List 1 (Abstract - Couplet)

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Abstract
1) a word or phrase that refers to an idea rather than a concrete object or thing 2) In research writing a short summary of your completed research.
Acronyms
abbreviations formed from the initial components in a phrase or name.
Alliteration
the repetition of beginning sounds of words
Allusion
a reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, etc.
Analogy
a comparison used to explain an idea
Anecdote
a usually short narrative of an interesting, amusing, or biographical incident
Anonymous
without any name acknowledged, as that of author, contributor, or the like
Assonance
the repetition of vowel sounds within words
Audience
a reader or viewer of a work
Author
a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.
Author's purpose
the reason for writing
Autobiography
an account of a person's life written by that person (nonfiction)
Bias
the side a person favors (slant)
Biography
an account of one's life written by someone else (nonfiction)
Character
A person portrayed in a novel, short story, or play. Can be animals or objects, also, but those are almost always personified.
Protagonist
the main character in a story, novel, drama or other literary work
Antagonist
a person/thing that works against the protagonist
Major character
appears throughout the novel, or in a major section of it; he/she is involved in the important actions and conflicts.
Minor character
supports the main character in a story; they do not grow or change during the story. They are also known as two-dimensional or flat .
Static character
a character that does not change within/during a story
Dynamic character
a person who changes within throughout a story
Foil character
a character that possesses opposite qualities of the protagonist
Characterization
how an author brings a character to life
Direct characterization
Stating directly what the character is like
Indirect characterization
Writers show the characters in action and let readers decide for themselves what kind of characters they are. Writers will show what the characters do, what the characters say, what the character thinks, and what others say about the character.
Climax
the turning point of a story
Comedy
humorous work
Compare (verb)
to identify similarities
Complications
The minor challenges in the plot that appear during the rising action and make the overall conflict harder to solve.
Conclusion
the end
Conflict
the struggle(s) encountered in a work
Internal conflict-man vs. self
When a character is challenging his/her own beliefs or overcoming his/her emotions
External conflict-man vs. man
When one character struggles against another character
External conflict-man vs. nature
When a character struggles against the elements of nature, especially for survival
External conflict-man vs. society
When a character challenges an element or an idea of society
Connotation
the feelings associated with a word
Context clues
hints or suggestions in a text (usually to help with the meaning of a word)
Contrast (verb)
to identify differences
Couplet
two lines of poetry that often rhyme