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Literary Terms

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conflict
the problems or complications in the story
hyperbole
exaggeration of the truth for effect
theme
the idea the author is trying to get across or teach the reader
tone
the attitude of the writer to his subject, his audience, or his characters
plot
the things which happen in the story
alliteration
the beginning letters are the same
antagonist
the bad guy or villain in the story
protagonist
the good guy in the story
setting
the time, place, and mood of the story
foreshadowing
giving hints or clues about what will happen in a story
irony
when the opposite of what is expected happens or is said
point of view
the perspective from which the story is told (first, second, third)
personification
giving inanimate objects traits of humans
symbolism
using something to represent something else (flag-country)
allusion
referring to something found elsewhere in literature or art (Romeo and Juliet, Tom Sawyer, Noah's Ark, etc.)
imagery
the use of very descriptive writing to create mind pictures
Climax
turning point of the text
First person POV
Often uses the pronoun I and includes the narrator as a character within the action of the text
Denouement
Events which occur after the end of the central conflict
Exposition
introduces plot, characterization and setting
Allusion
referencing a piece of literature within another piece of literature
Omniscient
all-knowing
Falling Action
when a conflict is resolved in the plot structure of the text
Rising Action
events occurring after the inciting incident but before the climax
Resolution
Ends the central conflict
Denotation
The dictionary definition of a word
Connotation
All the meanings, associations, or emotions that a word suggests
mood
Feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader
Third person POV
The narrator tells the story using the pronouns, "He," "She," and "It" when referring to a person, place, thing, or idea.
Narrator
Person telling the story
Characterization
A method an author uses to let readers know more about the characters and their personal traits.

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