Literary Terms

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genres
types of literature
plot
the order of events in a story
characters
The people who carry on the actions in a story
Dynamic characters
Change by their experience
Static characters
Stay the same
Setting
The time and place of the story
Dialogue
The speech or conversation between the characters
Protagonist
The main character in the story; the hero
Antagonist
The character who opposed the main character in a story
Suspense
Anxious uncertainty about what is going to happen in a story
Flashback
an interruption in a story by telling about an earlier episode
Narrator
The person who tells the story
Theme
The main idea of the story; overall meaning that the author conveys
Characterization
The way a character acts, speaks, thinks, and looks
Mood
The feeling that the writer creates (happy, sad, scary, etc.)
Purpose
The reason the author wrote the story (to amuse, to inform, etc.)
Imagery
a group of words which appeal to one or more of the senses (sound, taste, smell, sight, or touch.)
Point of view
Who is telling the story?
1st person
Character tells the story from his/her perspective using "I"
3rd person limited
Narrated from one perspective using "he" or "she"
3rd person Omniscient
Narrator that is all knowing about all characters
Symbol
a person, place, or thing that represents something beyond itself. example: the eagle is a symbol of America
Rhetorical question
a question that is asked but requires no answer from the reader
Irony
a way of implying the opposite of what the words literally mean. example: saying "thanks" after being insulted
Paradox
a seemingly contradictory statement that may in fact be true. example: we use guns for peace
Foreshadowing
a suggestion of what is going to happen in the future
Oxymoron
a figure of speech in which contradictory ideas or terms are combined. example: sweet sorrow