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Alliteration
the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
Allusion
A reference to another work of literature, person, or event
Antagonist
A character or force in conflict with the main character
Conflict
A struggle between opposing forces
Foreshadowing
A narrative device that hints at coming events; often builds suspense or anxiety in the reader.
Hyperbole
exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
Imagery
visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work.
Metaphors
comparison between two unlike things WITHOUT using like or as
Mood
Feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader
Onomatopoeia
the use of words that imitate sounds
Personification
the giving of human qualities to an animal, object, or idea
Point of View
the perspective from which a story is told
Protagonist
Main character in a story
Red Herring
When a writer raises an irrelevant issue to draw attention away from the real issue
Setting
The context in time and place in which the action of a story occurs.
Simile
A comparison using "like" or "as"
Symbolism
the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities
Theme
Central idea of a work of literature
Tone
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
Flashback
A method of narration in which present action is temporarily interrupted so that the reader can witness past events
Exposition/Introduction
the beginning of the story where the characters and the setting are revealed
Rising Action
Events leading up to the climax
Climax
the most intense, exciting, or important point of something; a culmination or apex.
Falling Action
Events after the climax, leading to the resolution
Resolution
End of the story where loose ends are tied up
Suspense
Uncertainty or anxiety the reader feels about what is going to happen next in a story
Pun
A play on words
Allegory
A literary work in which characters, objects, or actions represent abstractions
Antonym
a word that means the opposite of another word
Synonym
A word that means the same as another word
Annotation
Explanatory notes added to a text to explain, cite sources, or give bibliographical data.
Analogy
A comparison of two different things that are similar in some way
Narrator
Person telling the story
Active Voice
The subject of the sentence performs the action
Passive Voice
The subject of the sentence receives the action.
Homophones
These are words that are pronounced the same, but have different meanings.
Characterization
the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character
Tragedy
Serious and important actions that end unhappily, deal with heroic characters and subjects such as fate, life, and death
Tragic Flaw
imperfections that lead the otherwise noble hero yo make choices that doom him to a tragic end
Soliloquy
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)
Aside
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
Antithesis
opposition of words or phrases against each other
intensifies conflict
(Essentially a specific oxymoron)
Foil
secondary character who contrasts with major character to enhance the importance of major character
Sonnets
14 lined poem
Each line contains 10 syllables
Puns
play on words that sound similar, but have different meanings
Iambic Pentameter
A sound pattern