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Literary Terms Characterization - DeCubellis

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Anlalogy
A form of inference based on the assumption that if two things are alike in some respects, they mus be alike in others. Tree is to maple as car is to Toyota.Dog is to bark as cat is to meow
Antagonist
the major character opposing a hero or a protagonist
Anti-hero
a protagonist who does not exhibit traditionally heroic qualities...like courage.
Dialect
the unique sounds, spellings, words and word order contained in the speech of a particular group or class of characters. "How y'all doin'!"
Direct characterization
what a reliable narrator tells about a character's personality. So the reader does not have to infer it
Dynamic character
A character going through continuous change, progress, growth
Epiphany
a sudden, profound realization or insight often triggered by a common everyday experience
Flat character
a character without complexities ..opposite of round character
Foil
a character that makes another character look better by contrast
Foreshadowing
a subtle hint of what will occur later in the plot, meant to arouse interest in careful readers
Hero
a character, often the protagonist, who exhibits qualities such as courage, idealism, and honesty
Indirect characterization
through the character's own Speech, Thoughts, Effects on others, Actions and Looks, the characters personality is revealed without actually being told by the author. (STEAL) Also revealed by other characters Speech, Thoughts, Actions and Reactions to the character.(STAR)
Metaplasmus
intentionally misspelling a word to render dialect or speech patterns more realistically
Protagonist
the main character of a story - usually the hero
Round character
a well-developed character with real life complexities evident in how he/she confronts conflict. (not same as dynamic)
Static
fixed or unchanging character (opposite of dynamic)
Stereotype character
a character who behaves consistently with commonly held assumptions of racial, ethnic, religious or social background (Ex. Italian mobster)