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a reference to something literary, mythological, or historical that the author assumes the reader will recognize
The reason the author wrote a literary work, or shared information, events, motivations, etc. inside a literary work.
Character - Round
The literary character's traits express the emotions and concerns of real people. The audience can usually identify with the feelings of this character.
Character - Flat
A character who has one dominant trait that is more noticeable than anything or anyone else and usually have only one job to perform in the text of a story. a character who embodies a single quality and who does not develop in the course of a story
Character - Static
Change little or none over the course of a literary work despite being given opportunities to do so
Conflict - Internal
An internal conflict is a struggle that takes place within a character's mind or heart. In an internal conflict, a character might struggle with paralyzing fear or a need for revenge
Conflict - External
a struggle between two forces. An external conflict can take place between two characters; between a character and a group; between a character and society as a whole; or between a character and an animal or a force of nature
language that is used in writing to produce images in a reader's mind and to express ideas in fresh, vivid, and imaginative ways
Figurative Language - Personification
endowing non-human objects or creatures with human qualities or characteristics
Plot - Climax
This is the turning point of the story and the point of highest interest. Plot turning point: the point in a work in which a very significant change occurs
Plot - Falling Action
following the climax; when the story begins to resolve conflicts and outstanding issues
the historical period that shapes a work of literature and allows the reader to understand important issues in a given time period
the insertion or flashing to an earlier event into the normal chronological order of a narrative (story)
Point of View - FIRST PERSON
a story told by an "I" narrator. An "I" narrator is a character in the story
Point of View - SECOND PERSON
a story directed to the reader using "you"; used most commonly when giving directions
Point of View - THIRD PERSON
a story told by a non-participating narrator, either omniscient or limited
the use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning; or, incongruity between what is expected and what actually happens
an object that is used to represent something else (usually a larger, philosophical and more important idea)
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