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Alliteration
When two or more words in a group of words begin with the same sound.
Allusion
A reference to a person, place, poem, book, event, etc. which is not part of the story, that the author expects the reader will recognize
Antagonist
The opponent or enemy of the main character, or protagonist
Aside
Words spoken to the audience by a character in a drama that are not supposed to be heard by the other characters on stage.
Characterization
The methods, incidents, speech, etc. an author uses to reveal the people in the book.
Climax
The point at which the conflict reaches its greatest intensity
Conflict
The struggle between opposing forces
Dialect
A particular kind of speech used by member of one specific group because of its geographical location or class
Dialogue
The conversation between characters in a work of literature
Dynamic Character
A character who undergoes a significant internal change over the course of a story
Figurative Language
idioms, metaphors, simile, personification
Flashback
A scene in a story that occurred before the present time in the story.
Foreshadowing
The use of hints or clues in a story to suggest what action is to come.
Hyperbole
Extreme exaggeration used for emphasis or effect.
Idiom
An expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words
Imagery
The use of words to evoke impressions and meaning that are more than just the basic, accepted definitions of the words themselves
Irony
the expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
Metaphor
A comparison of two things that are basically dissimilar in which one is described in terms of the other
Mood
The feeling the reader gets from a work of literature.
Motif
A situation, incident, idea, or image that is repeated significantly in a literary work.
Personification
A figure of speech in which an object, abstract idea, or animal is given human characteristics
Plot
The pattern of events in a literary work; what happens
Protagonist
The main or central character of a work of literature.
Setting
The environment in which the story takes place. Including
Simile
A comparison between two different things using either like or as
Static Character
A character who does not undergo a significant change over the course of a story.
Symbol
An object, setting, event, animal, or person that on one level is itself, but that has another meaning as well.
Theme
The main message or moral.
Tone
The author's attitude toward the subject matter or toward the reader or audience. Words that could describe tone include
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