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Literary Terms Quiz

Terms for Quiz Weds. May 19th
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characterization
the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character
climax
the highest point; the greatest moment or event, turning point
conflict
clash of purposes, in novel, story, and PLAY.
epiphany
sudden perceptions (moment of understanding)
figure of speech
an expression that strives for literary effect rather than conveying a literal meaning
foil
someone who serves as a contrast or challenge to another character
foreshadow
suggest what will come later in a story, novel, or play, hints, or events of same nature
image
picture aroused in mind, words that summon a image
imagery
words that summon up an image in the mind
irony
using a word or phrase to mean the exact opposite of its literal meaning, dramatic, verbal
metaphor
a figure of speech that suggests a resemblance between two different things WITHOUT using a word of comparison
motive
reasons for a character acting a certain way.
pathos
a feeling of sympathetic pity, also the qualities in a literary work that cause such a feeling
plot
everything that happens in a story, novel, or play
point of view
vantage point of story
protagonist
person who is main character/hero
antagonist
working against hero
romanticism
favors the imagination, emotions, and individual originality
satire
literary tone used to make fun of human vice or weakness
setting
time and place
simile
comparison USING like or as
stream of consciousness
thoughts and feelings of writer recorded as they occur
symbol
stands for an idea
theme
underlying idea of a work
tone
attitude of author towards reader
total effect
final, overall impression, left to the reader
allegory
narrative technique that characters represents abstract things, message or lessons
allusion
reference to familiar literary person or event
colloquialism
word or phrase that is accepted in casual conversation but not for communication
conceit
clever, metaphor, elaborate comparison
diction
selection and arrangement of words in a literary work, 4 types
doppelganger
character duplicated, opposite personalities, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Enlightenment
18th century philosophical movement, reason,
farce
comedy, humor
Harlem Renaissance
1920's movement of black writers and artists
hyperbole
exaggeration
motif
reoccurring theme
Naturalism
literary movement in late 19th early 20th century, determinism
neoclassicism
age of reason, revival of attitudes and style in classic literature.
oxymoron
2 contradictory terms
parody
imitation of serious literary work inappropriate subject
tragic flaw
leads to downfall, usually hubris, pride
Transcendentalism
American philosophical and religious movement, 1835
style
manner of writing