Literary Terms

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repetition of consonant sounds in a phrase or line of verse


a character or force in conflict with or opposing the protagonist


repetition of vowel sounds in a phrase or line of verse


the turning point in a plot


a struggle between opposing forces, either internal or external


a regional variety of language

dynamic character

a character who undergoes significant change (in insights, personality) during a story


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


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


a particular variety of art or literature


an extreme exaggeration or overstatement


language evoking a sensory experience or clear mental pictures


an expression particular to a language and which cannot be taken literally


incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs


the feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage


a figure of speech joining two contradictory terms


attributing human characteristics to something nonhuman, like animals, objects, or abstract ideas


the main character in a story


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


the time and place where a story occurs

static character

a character who does not undergo significant change throughout the course of a story


a feeling of growing uncertainty about the outcome of events in a story


anything that stands for or represents something else


a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a text


the author's attitude toward the subject or audience, either stated or implied

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