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English 1 Lit Terms 10/5/17


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the series of events that make up the story
Man vs Man
Man vs Nature
Man vs Self
A struggle between two opposing forces.
the central character or hero in a narrative or drama, usually the one with whom the audience tends to identify
the principle character or force in opposition to the protagonist
Direct Characterization
character is revealed through direct telling
Indirect Characterization
character is revealed through description of personality or physical appearance or anecdotal stories
Flat Character Type
characters are well developed and resemble actual people
Round Character Type
character with many different traits; sometimes these are contradictory
Static Character Type
a character who doesn't change or learn from events in a story
Dynamic Character Type
a character who has learned a lesson or changed all or part of a personality due to events in the story
1st Person
seen from the perspective of one of the characters
3rd Person Limited
outside narrator, characters are referred to by name or he/she
3rd Person Omniscient
"all knowing" perspective; the narrator can relate the thoughts and emotions of all characters
the time and place of the stories action
an person, thing, or event that represents something other than itself
the implied attitude toward the subject or audience
the feeling or impression that is left with the reader after reading the story
Verbal Irony
a character says one thing , but means something entirely different; sarcasm
Dramatic Irony
a reader or audience knows or perceived something that the characters do not
Situational Irony
things may appear to be going one way , but they turn out differently; a surprise or "twist" ending
a general idea about life or human nature; the central idea presented throughout the work
a reference in one work of literature to another person, place, or event in another work of literature
persons (or animals, things, natural forces presented as persons) appearing in pieces of literature
the personality a character displays; also , the means by which the author reveals that personality
the point of greatest emotional intensity, interest, or suspense in a narrative, also called the "turning point"
Falling Action
all of the action of a piece of literature that follows the turning point, leads to the resolution
a piece of literature that is invented or imagined; it can sometimes be based on fact
a scene in a piece of literature that interrupts the action to show an event that happened and earlier time
the use of hints or clues to build suspense in a narrative to suggest what action is to come
writing that tells about things as they really happened or that presents factual information about something
the sequence of events in a piece of writing; plot consists of exposition, conflict, rising action, turning point/climax, falling action, and resolution. Sub-plots may exist within the main action of a story, especially in a novel
Point of View
the perspective from which a narrative is told; consist of 1st, person, 3rd person limited, 3rd person omniscient
the moment the conflict of the plot ends; also referred to as "denouement", which literally means "unknotting"
Rising Action
the events in a story that move the plot Along by adding complications or expanding the conflict. R.A. builds suspense to a climax or turning point
Man vs. Man
situation in which two characters have opposing interests
Man vs Nature
a character is tormented by natural forces
Man vs Self
protagonists inner struggles
Man vs Supernatural
character is tormented by laws of nature that are beyond scientific understanding