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Paying attention to the feelings a story gives you when you read it. When you read subjectively, you follow your intuition about characters and plot points.
attitude writing can take towards its subject or audience. It generally applies to specific sentences or paragraphs, not to the text as a whole.
The word choice used throughout a text
The order in which a sentence is out together grammatically
person participating in, or alluded to, in the action of a story. They can also be animals or inanimate objects.
Conflict that takes place within an individual, such as a conflict of morals or of emotions.
Conflict that takes place outside an individual, such as a war or feud.
Main character in a story
The character(s), thing(s), event(s), or group(s) that stands in opposition to the protagonist(s).
Secondary/ Minor character
Characters in the story who are not the protagonist(s) or antagonist(s).
character type that has been repeated in literature throughout history.
The set of events that make up a story.
The event that sets off the main conflict in a plot.
Parts of the story that tell us about setting and main characters and hit at theme and possible conflicts.
The series of events in a plot that build up to the climax.
The turning point of the story; it is the incident that allows the story to resolve.
The events in a story that take place between the climax and the dénouement.
The point in the story at which the central conflict is resolved.
The frame of reference in which the story takes place. This includes place, time, and social/cultural context.
The general feeling the reader gets from the story.
When an aspect of the story external to a character represents the character's internal development.
The unifying idea or ideas behind a story. It usually provides a broad statement about humanity, life, or our universe
Recurring elements in a story which points to a theme. It can be objects, sounds, statements, etc
Repetition of initial consonant sounds
A reference to another work of literature, person, or event
repetition of a word or phrase at beginning of a line or sentence
Author directly describes character
Author subtly reveals the character through actions and interactions.
A regional variety of a language distinguished by vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation.
when a reader is aware of something that a character isn't
A brave and noble character in an epic poem
A narrative device that hints at coming events; often builds suspense or anxiety in the reader.
Poetry that does not have a regular meter or rhyme scheme
Anything that causes laughter or amusement
A contrast between expectation and reality
Tells the story of real events or experiences
writing that tells about real people, places, and events
A word that imitates the sound it represents.
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
provides some background and informs the readers about the characters and setting
Events after the climax, leading to the resolution
A device in literature where an object represents an idea.
A method an author uses to let readers know more about the characters and their personal traits.
A figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
something that is beyond what is expected
word choice; terminology; enunciation
Vibe that word gives off
a song-like style of writing poetry that expresses personal and emotional feelings. (not a ballad)
a poetic meter that is made up of 5 stressed syllables each followed by an unstressed syllable
line in verse or poetry that has five strong metrical feet or beats.
poetic line w/ 4 trochees
Stressed - unstressed -Stressed - unstressed
two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit.
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