Basic Literary Terms and Definitions
This list and definitions will be use for a quiz after we finish reading Walk Two Moons.
trite expression usually overused familiar phrase
the person or character that is telling the story
writing that gives ideas and points of view about a subject
adversary of the hero or protagonist of a drama or other literary work
stretching the truth
what comes before or follows a word or statement and influences it's meaning
refers to the problems and complications in a story
hints and clues given by the author about the story
after the climax, contains the action that leads to the end of the story
person in a novel, play, story, etc.
the author goes back to an earlier time in the story
decisive moment in a plot; the highest point of action in the story
the part of a story that tells about the setting, time and background of the story
exaggerated drama to produce strong feeling
conversation (talking) between two or more characters
fictitious name used by an author to conceal his or her identity; pen name
informal vocabulary; jargon
the main character (hero) of the story
the end problems are all resolved
a certain type of person; no individuality
the main story of a novel, play, etc.
the part of the story leading up to the climax
holding back; the opposite of exaggeration
point of view
the angle from which the story is told
scornful, ironic language, harsh, cutting language or tone intended to ridicule
the use of irony or ridicule in exposing vice, folly, etc., an ironic, sarcastic, or witty composition that claims to argue for something, but actually argues against it
the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of the literal meaning, incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
the locale and period of a story, play, etc.
copying and using someone else's written work
language used to degrade someone or something