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the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
A reference to another work of literature, person, or event
A character or force in conflict with the main character
A struggle between opposing forces
A narrative device that hints at coming events; often builds suspense or anxiety in the reader.
exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work.
comparison between two unlike things WITHOUT using like or as
Feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader
the use of words that imitate sounds
the giving of human qualities to an animal, object, or idea
Point of View
the perspective from which a story is told
Main character in a story
When a writer raises an irrelevant issue to draw attention away from the real issue
The context in time and place in which the action of a story occurs.
A comparison using "like" or "as"
the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities
Central idea of a work of literature
Attitude a writer takes toward the audience, a subject, or a character
Types of Conflict
man vs. man; man vs. self; man vs. nature; man vs. society
A method of narration in which present action is temporarily interrupted so that the reader can witness past events
the beginning of the story where the characters and the setting are revealed
Events leading up to the climax
the most intense, exciting, or important point of something; a culmination or apex.
Events after the climax, leading to the resolution
End of the story where loose ends are tied up
Uncertainty or anxiety the reader feels about what is going to happen next in a story
A play on words
A literary work in which characters, objects, or actions represent abstractions
a word that means the opposite of another word
A word that means the same as another word
Explanatory notes added to a text to explain, cite sources, or give bibliographical data.
A comparison of two different things that are similar in some way
Person telling the story
The subject of the sentence performs the action
The subject of the sentence receives the action.
These are words that are pronounced the same, but have different meanings.
the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character
Serious and important actions that end unhappily, deal with heroic characters and subjects such as fate, life, and death
imperfections that lead the otherwise noble hero yo make choices that doom him to a tragic end
used in drama to reveal the innermost thoughts of a character about a certain character or event
often long speeches
reveal motives, inner thoughts/ struggles going on in character's mind
(character is the ONLY ONE on stage)
a short comment or speech that a character delivers directly to the audience or to himself, while other actors on the stage cannot listen
Character comments on what is happening in the play
reveals secrets or judgments
opposition of words or phrases against each other
(Essentially a specific oxymoron)
secondary character who contrasts with major character to enhance the importance of major character
14 lined poem
Each line contains 10 syllables
play on words that sound similar, but have different meanings
A sound pattern
a very typical example of a certain person or thing
Repetition of vowel sounds
All the meanings, associations, or emotions that a word suggests
Two consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme
The dictionary definition of a word
A writer's or speaker's choice of words
establishing authority and credibility
An outcome that turns out to be very different from what was expected
A figure of speech in which what is said is the opposite of what is meant
when a reader is aware of something that a character isn't
using logic to set up an argument
conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence')
an appeal to emotion
A regular pattern of rhyming words in a poem
A group of lines in a poem
the arrangement or framework of a sentence, paragraph, or entire work
a protagonist with a fatal flaw which eventually leads to his demise
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