35 terms

Neff Literary terms 2010


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the opponent or force against which the main character struggles
a struggle between two opposing forces or characters in a short story, novel, play or narrative poem
an inscription on a gravetone or a short poem written in memory of someone who has died
a scene in a short story, a novel, a narrative poem, or a play that interupts the action to show an event that happened earlier
a contrast or an incongruity between what is stated and what is meant and what is expected to happen and what actually happens
verbal irony
the use of words to suggest the opposite of their usual meaning
dramatic irony
occurs when readers are aware of something that character in a literary work does not know
a kind of writing or speaking that tells a story
mood (atmosphere)
the feeling created in a reader by a literary work or passage
the main character in a literary work
short story
a short fictional prose narrative usually 10-20 pages long
stream of consciousness
presents thoughts as if they were coming from the characters mind directly
any object, person, place, or action that has meaning in itself and that also stands for something other than itself , such as a quality, an attitude, a belief , or a value
the general idea or insite about life that a writer wishes to convey in a literary work
the process of revealing the personality of a character
direct characterization
the author tells us exactly what the character is like - no guessing
indirect characterization
the writer gives us evidence or clues that reveal what the characteris like- we decide for ourselves
flat characters
has only one or two main personality traits - we don't know muchmore about him/her, one-dimensional
round characters
has many different personality traits, solid, realistic- we know much about this character, three-dimentional
dynamic characters
changes as a result of the story's events
static characters
does not change or changes only a little during the course of the story
the vantage point from which a narrative is told
first person
a point-of -view in which the narrator relates the inner thoughts and feelings of only one character
third person
the narrator is not a character in the story at all
limited point-of-view
the narrator is one of the characters in the story, the reader knows only what the character knows and sees
this term literally means " all knowing "
Part of the plot, the highest point of interest in a literary work, the decision from which the main character cannot go back
Part of the plot, any events tha occur after the resolution
Part of the plot, the part of the story that introduces the characters, the setting and the basic situation
Falling action
Part of the plot, it follows the crisis, shows a reversal of fortune for the protagonist
Inciting incident
Part of the plot, the initial problem that tells the reader the exposition is over and the rising actionis beginning
the story line or action, introduction of conflict
Part of the plot, the moment when the conflict ends and the outcome of the action is clear
rising action
Part of the plot, the events which lead to the conflict
Part of the plot, the time and place in which a story occurs