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All-in-One High School Literature & Comp.: Finals' Literary Terms

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Conflict
A struggle presented within a story between two opposing forces
Theme
The main idea in a literary work which unifies the plot, characters, setting and other elements of the story
Setting
The time, place, and environment of a story
Point of view
The voice in which the story is told
Protagonist
The _____ is the main character, often the hero or heroine of the story
Antagonist
The _____ is the character who opposes the main character
Stanza
A group of lines in a poem, like paragraphs in an essay
Alliteration
The repetition of initial sounds in neighboring words
Rhyme
Repetition of the same sounds in words
Allusion
A reference to another person, place, even, or literary work/character
Symbol
When something concrete stands for something that is abstract
Simile
A comparison between two unlike things, using "like" or "as"
Metaphor
A direct comparison between two unlike things, not using "like" or "as"
Hyperbole
An extreme exaggeration, used to make a point
Repetition
The reoccurrence of the same words, lines, or stanzas to enhance the mood
Suspense
The feeling of uncertainty about what is going to happen next
Foreshadowing
Clues or details about what will happen later in the story
Irony
A difference between what is meant or expected and what actually happens
Climax
The point of highest intensity in a story
Drama
A work of literature meant to be performed
Dialogue
A conversation between two or more characters
Monoluge
A long speech made by one character
Aside
A speech made by one character that the other characters do not hear at the time
Soliloquy
A speech made by one character alone on stage to show his or her feelings
Tragedy
A drama in which the main character experiences extreme sorrow