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9th Grade Literary Terms for Midterms HCA
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first-person point of view
A point of view in which the narrator is one of the characters in the story and is telling the story using the pronouns "I" and "we".
third-person limited point of view
A point of view in which the character plays no part in the story and zooms in one the thoughts and feelings of one character. Uses pronouns "he" and "she".
The character or force that the main character struggles with, the thorn in the main character's side.
The writer of a literary work.
Moment of great emotional intensity or suspense in a plot.
Struggle or clash between opposing characters or opposing forces.
The conversation between two or more characters.
When the writer states clearly what the character is like.
A character that changes over the course of the story as a result of the story's events.
Type of writing that explains, gives information, defines or clarifies an idea. We find it for example in news articles, in histories and in biographies.
A type of conflict that occurs with another character, force, animal, or nature.
Words or phrases that describe one thing in terms of another and is not meant to be understood on a literal level.
Any scene that presents events that happened before the main time frame of a story.
The use of clues to hint at events that will happen later in the story.
When a writer leaves it up to the reader to decide what a character is like based on the evidence given.
An type of conflict that occurs within the mind or heart of a character.
When a comparison is made between two things without using the words "like" or "as" and implies that the two things being compared are on thing.
When a writer uses specific words to create an atmosphere, overall emotional impact, or feeling.
The fear or reason that a character does something.
The voice telling a story.
Prose writing that deals with the real people, things, events, or places. ( not fake )
omniscient point of view
The person telling the stoy knows everything there is to know about the characters and their problems. All knowing.
When an inanimate object is given human characteristics or qualities.
Series of related events that make up a story or drama.
point of view
Vantage point from which the story is being told.
A type of guess, inference, or thought based on evidence, either present or past.
The main character in the story and the one that struggles with the conflict.
A character that has many different character traits, like that of a real person.
The time period and place in which the action of a story takes place.
A short, concentrated, fictional prose narrative.
When a comparison is made using the words "like" or "as"
A character that does not change much over the course of the story.
Characters that are static and flat and play a minor role in the story.
The feeling of uncertainty or anxiety about what is going to happen next in a story.
A person, place, or thing that stands for itself and for something else beyond itself as well.
Central message or insight, the central idea of a work of literature, the lesson or moral.
The attitude a writer takes toward his or her work, subject, character, or audience.
A type of narrator that only tells the reader what he or she wants the reader to know.
A character that possesses only one or two traits.
A writer's or speaker's choice of words.
Fictional prose narrative that is usually more than fifty thousand words in length.
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