31 terms

Literary Terms Review

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alliteration
Repetition of initial consonant sounds
antagonist
the character who works against the protagonist in the story
aside
a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
characterization
A method an author uses to let readers know more about the characters and their personal traits.
climax
Most exciting moment of the story; turning point
conflict
the problem in the story
A struggle between opposing forces
dialogue
conversation between characters
dynamic character
A character who grows, learns, or changes as a result of the story's action
figurative language
Language that cannot be taken literally since it was written to create a special effect or feeling.
flashback
a scene that interrupts the action of a work to show a previous event
foreshadowing
A narrative device that hints at coming events; often builds suspense or anxiety in the reader.
hyperbole
extreme exaggeration
idiom
An expression that cannot be understood if taken literally (ex- "Get your head out of the clouds").
imagery
Description that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)
irony
the opposite of what is expected
major character
character with a significant role in the action of the story
metaphor
A comparison without using like or as
minor character
character who plays a lesser role
mood
Feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader
onomatopoeia
A word that imitates the sound it represents. Ex: Boom, buzz
personification
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
plot
the series of related events that make up a story (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution)
point of view
the perspective from which a story is told
protagonist
the main character in a work of literature
setting
the time and place of a story
simile
A comparison using "like" or "as"
static character
A character that does not change from the beginning of the story to the end
symbol
something that represents something else Ex: Dove = peace
symbolism
A device in literature where an object represents an idea such as rain representing sadness
theme
A message about life or human nature that the writer shares with the reader.
tone
Attitude a writer takes toward the audience, a subject, or a character Ex: words such as doubtful, humorous, gleeful, serious, etc.
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