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Literary Terms

all twenty nine literary terms
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idiom
An expression that cannot be understood if taken literally (ex- "Get your head out of the clouds").
dynamic character
someone who changes in an important way during the course of the story
flat character
A character who shows only one main characteristic during the course of a work of literature.
third person point of view
someone on the outside is looking in and telling the story as he/she see it unfold.
anaphora
the deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs
alliteration
use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse
allusion
a reference to something literary, mythological, or historical that the author assumes the reader will recognize
archetype
the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype.
assonance
repetition of vowel sounds
character
a person or animal who takes part in the action of a literary work
diction
word choice
dialect
a regional variety of a language, with differences in vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation; also a form of a language spoken by members of a particular social class or profession
flashback
a scene that interrupts the action of a work to show a previous event
foreshadowing
the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot
imagery
description that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)
conflict
opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)
denouement
an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
mood
the overall emotion created by a work of literature
paradox
(logic) a self-contradiction
plot
the sequence of events in a story
point of view
the perspective from which a story is told
first person point of view
a character in the story is actually telling the story himself/herself
rhetorical shift
Refers to a change or movement in a piece resulting from an epiphany, realization, or insight gained by the speaker, a character, or the reader
setting
The time and place of a story
symbolism
when a thing represents more than just itself
synedoche
Figure of speech in which a part stands for the whole
theme
central idea of a work of literature
tone
The attitude of the author toward the audience and characters (e.g., serious or humorous).
suspense
Uncertainty or anxiety the reader feels about what is going to happen next in a story