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Literary Terms

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alliteration
repetition of consonant sounds in a phrase or line of verse
antagonist
a character or force in conflict with or opposing the protagonist
assonance
repetition of vowel sounds in a phrase or line of verse
climax
the turning point in a plot
conflict
a struggle between opposing forces, either internal or external
dialect
a regional variety of language
dynamic character
a character who undergoes significant change (in insights, personality) during a story
exposition
the beginning of the story, often where characters, setting, and plot are established
falling action
events after the climax, leading to the resolution
flat character
a simple, undeveloped, often easily-stereotyped character
foreshadowing
an author's use of hints or clues to suggest events that will occur later in the story
frame story
a secondary story or stories embedded in the main story
genre
a particular variety of art or literature
hyperbole
an extreme exaggeration or overstatement
imagery
language evoking a sensory experience or clear mental pictures
idiom
an expression particular to a language and which cannot be taken literally
irony
incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
mood
the feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage
oxymoron
a figure of speech joining two contradictory terms
personification
attributing human characteristics to something nonhuman, like animals, objects, or abstract ideas
protagonist
the main character in a story
resolution
the conclusion of a story, often where loose ends are tied up
rising action
the events and conflict(s) that build a story toward a climax
round character
a complex, multi-dimensional character
setting
the time and place where a story occurs
static character
a character who does not undergo significant change throughout the course of a story
suspense
a feeling of growing uncertainty about the outcome of events in a story
symbol
anything that stands for or represents something else
theme
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a text
tone
the author's attitude toward the subject or audience, either stated or implied