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Literary Elements Definitions
Definitions of literary terms for the first 9 weeks.
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A person or animal who takes part in the action of a story, play, or other literary work
one who does not change much in the coarse of a work
changes as a result of the story's events
the main character in a work of literature
the character in a work of literature that opposes the protagonist
revealing the personality of a character by words of a character, description of the character's thoughts and feelings
when the writer directly tells the reader a description of a character's looks and clothing, or that the character is amusing brave, or lonesome, or specifically the build or height or age of a character
any force that drives or moves the character to behave in a particular way
a struggle or clash between opposing characters or forces
takes place within a character's mind
character struggles against some outside force
character vs character
one character is in conflict with another character; external
character vs nature
character in conflict with a natural force; external
character vs self
character has to make a decision; internal
the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot
Person, place, thing, or event that stands for itself and for something beyond itself as well.
an imaginative comparison between two unlike things in which one thing is said to be another thing
a comparison between two unlike things using a word such as like, as, then, or resembles
the truth about life revealed in a work of literature
a figure of speech in which a nonhuman or nonliving thing or quality is talked about as if it were human or alive
an interruption in the action of a plot to tell what happened at an earlier time
the use of words whose sounds echo their sense (boom pow zap)
a reference to a statement, person, place, or an event from literature, history, religion, mythology, politics, sports, or science
a way of speaking that is characteristic of a particular region or group of people
the repetition of the same or very similar consonant sounds in words that are close together
the uncertainty or anxiety you feel about what will happen next in a story
language that appeals to the senses
the series of related events that make up a story
the time and place in which the events of a work of literature take place
the most emotional or suspenseful moment in the story
when the characters problems are solved and the story ends
point of veiw
the vantage point at which a story is told
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