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Literary Terms - ALL

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imagery
the use of descriptive language to create pictures in the readers mind
simile
comparing two very different things using the words LIKE or AS.
metaphor
comparing two very different things WITHOUT using the words LIKE or AS
personification
giving a nonliving thing traits of a human or person
hyperbole
an over exaggeration
alliteration
the repetition of letter sounds at the beginning of words
onomatopoeia
words that make sound
figurative language
Saying something that doesn't mean what it says, but really means something else.
plot
The sequence or order of events in a story.
exposition
The beginning of the story in which the main character, setting, and conflict are introduced.
rising action
The part of the story where the main character tries to solve the main problem, but fails, thereby, creating suspense.
climax
The most exciting part of the story; also called the turning point.
falling action
All action that occurs after the climax; the part where the character often learns a lesson.
resolution
The ending or conclusion to the story.
setting
the time and pace that a story occurs
character
A person, animal, or things that engages in the action in the story.
protagonist
the main character
antagonist
the character who causes problems for the main character
flat character
a character with one quality or trait
round character
a character with many qualities or traits
static character
a character who does not change
dynamic
a character who changes
character trait
a word used to describe a character
internal traits
a word that describes a character's emotions
external traits
a word that describes how a character looks
characterization
the manner in which the author develops a character, making the character seem believable or real.
conflict
a problem in the story
point of view
the perspective from which the story is told
narrator
the person or character telling the story
first person point of view
the character is telling the story (I, me, we)
second person point of view
the narrator is talking to YOU the reader (I, me, YOU)
third person point of view
a character does NOT tell the story; someone from outside the story is telling it. (he, she, they
moral
a lesson the story teaches
theme
the message or lesson the author is hinting at by telling the story
tone
the author's attitude toward a subject
mood
the readers feelings
symbol
an object that represents or stands for something else
flashback
when a story is interrupted and flips to a time in the past
foreshadow
clues the author creates that give hints to event that will occur later in the story