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Literary terms to know
Literary terms to know for english
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A passing reference to an historical, political, social, or literary person, place, event, or work that the writer expects the reader to know.
Character or force in conflict with the main character.
The process of revealing the personality of a character.
The writer tells the reader what the character is like.
The writer shows the reader what the character is like.
A person or animal around whose actions a story revolves.
A character with many different character traits.
A character with only one or two character traits.
A character who does not change much in a story.
A character who changes as a result of incidents in a story.
The point of greatest tension or greatest complication when the reader learns what the outcome of the conflict is likely to be; the turning point.
The struggle between opposing forces or characters.
The struggle within a character dealing with opposing needs, desires, or emotions.
A character struggles against an outside force.
The way of speaking that is characteristic of a region or group.
A writer's or speaker's choice of words.
When the audience or reader knows something important
Part of the plot that introduces the situation, setting, characters, and initial conflict.
the plot events immediately after the climax that lead to the resolution.
Words or phrases that describe one thing to another using imaginative comparisons.
A direct comparison between two unlike things without the use of the words "like" or "as"
A comparison in which a non-human thing or quality is given human characteristics.
A comparison between two unlike things using the words "like", "as", "resembles", or "than".
A scene that interrupts present action and tells what happened at an earlier time.
Use of clues to hint at events that will occur later.
Use of descriptive language that appeals to the five senses.
Contrast between what is expected and what really occurs or is.
The feeling or atmosphere created by the author's use of words.
The fears or conflicts or needs that drive a character.
The method used to tell a story; the point of view.
The person telling the story, usually a character or the author.
The series of related events that make up the story.
The diagram that shows what happens in the key parts to a story: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
Point of view
The perspective from which the story is told.
The story is told from the author's or one character's perspective, characterized by the use of the pronouns I, me, my, we, and our.
Narrative which directs the reader to follow along or complete a task.
Third person omniscient
The narrator tells the story from the perspective of more than one character with all thoughts and feelings known.
Third person limited
The narrator tells the story from one character's perspective, with only his or her thoughts/feelings.
The main character; the hero or heroine.
The part of the story when all problems are resolved, the outcome is known, and the story ends.
The main events that show the complication of the problem.
The time and place in which a story takes place.
There is a contrast between what would seem appropriate and what really happens, or when what we expect to happen is in fact quite contradictory to what really takes place.
An unexpected conclusion to a story.
The uncertainty or tension about what is going to happen next.
A person, place, thing, or event that stands for itself and for something beyond itself as well.
The use of images/symbols to represent a deeper meaning.
The central idea or meaning suggested by a story , usually a message about life.
The author's attitude toward the subject or the reader.
A writer or speaker says one thing but really means something completely different.
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