22 terms

English 7 Literary Terms

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climax
the turning point, the point of highest tension in a story
protagonist
main or central character in a story
theme
central idea of a work of literature, it is a sentence about what the author wants to convey in telling this story
characterization
the act of creating convincing characters. Authors do this through descriptions and word choice.
antagonist
the character opposed (opposite) the protagonist in the story
resolution
the end of a story. The way the author resolves the conflict
plot
the series of events in a story
foreshadowing
hints or clues the author uses to reveal future events in the story
conflict
struggle between opposing forces - man vs man, man vs nature, man vs himself
setting
when and where a story takes place, there can be several settings within a story.
rising action
parts of the story where the conflict builds
exposition
the beginning of the story, where the author introduces the characters and setting and tells a bit about the conflict
point of view
the perspective from which a story is told; (first person, third person, omniscient)
mood
the feeling of a story; author conveys this through word choice and detailed descriptions
alliteration
Beginning two or more words close together in a sentence with the same consonant SOUND. (Sally sells seashells by the seashore.)
hyperbole
An extreme exaggeration. (My backpack weighs a thousand pounds.)
metaphor
A comparison without using like or as
simile
A comparison using like or as.
onomatopoeia
A word that imitates the sound it represents.
imagery
Description that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)
regionalism
literature that emphasizes a specific geographic setting and that reproduces the speech, behavior, and attitudes of the people who live in that region.
personification
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes