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Literary Terms

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Dialect
words that are used in a particular area
Verbal Irony
saying something and meaning the opposite (sarcasm)
Dramatic Irony
The audience knowing something that the characters do not/ will soon found out.
Situational Irony
the opposite of what was expected
Hyperbole
over exaggerating
Onomatopoeia
words that represent sounds
personification
giving something without life lifelike features
Understatement
not emphasizing enough, under exaggerating
Metaphor
a description of two things that are alike not using like or as
Simile
a description of two things that are alike using like or as
Genre
the type of a book or novel
Flashback
something being retold that happened previously
Foreshadowing
the author/ character giving hints on something big that is coming up in the story
Indirect Characterization
someone who is characterizing someone that they do not know very much about
Direct Characterization
someone who is characterizing someone that they know very much about
Characterization
putting characters into categories
Symbol
something that represents something else
Tone
the way the author sees the story
Theme
the concept of parts/ the whole book
Dynamic Characters
a character that somehow changes permanently
Static Characters
minor characters
Antagonist
the character that is causing the main character problems
Protagonist
main character in the story
Round Characters
a character that is in the whole book
Flat Character
a character that has one personality throughout the whole story
3rd Person Omniscient
an outsider that narrates who is very close to and knows a lot about the main character
3rd Person Limited
an outsider as the narrator that only knows facts or very little about the main character
1st Person Narrative
A character talking about their own life, a character being the narrator
Conclusion
the end of the story, the resolution
Denouement
falling action, when the story starts leading to a solution
Climax
main point of action
Rising Action
when the story bubbles up, the conflict begins and the tory gets interesting
Setting
Where the story takes place
Exposition
beginning
External Conflict
man vs. society, man vs. group, man vs. nature, man vs. man
Internal Conflict
man vs. self