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AP Lit. Terms for Glaaser's class 2019
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A character or force in conflict with the main character
the final resolution or denouement of the plot in a tragedy, usually involving the death of the protagonist
A person in a story
Most exciting moment of the story; turning point
A clash of actions, desires, ideas, or goals in the plot of a story
A decisive point in the plot of a play on which the outcome of the remaining action depends.
an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
short concluding section in a literary work
A narrative device, often used at the beginning of a work that provides necessary background information about the characters and their circumstances.
the parts of a story after the climax and before the very end
A character who contrasts and parallels the main character in a play or story.
The main character in a literary work, typically one whose character or deeds inspire the admiration of the reader.
excessive pride or arrogance that results in the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy
the person who tells the story
Sequence of events in a story
Main character in a story
A series of events that builds from the conflict. It begins with the inciting force and ends with the climax.
The context in time and place in which the action of a story occurs.
A serious form of drama dealing with the downfall of a heroic or noble character
the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall
the point in a work in which a very significant change occurs
the principal evil character in a play or story. The villain is usually the antagonist opposed to the protagonist, but in some cases may be the protagonist himself/herself.
The multiple meanings, either intentional or unintentional, of a word, phrase, sentence, or passage.
The mood or feeling created in a piece of writing
The authors viewpoint regarding his subject matter
informal words or expressions not usually acceptable in formal writing
an idea or feeling that a word invokes in addition to its literal or primary meaning.
A regional variety of a language distinguished by vocabulary, spelling, and pronunciation.
Conversation between two or more characters
a bitter verbal attack
a temporary departure from the main subject in speech or writing
the use of a quotation at the beginning of a work that hints at its theme
a way of presenting scenes or incidents that took place before the opening scene
pursuit of pleasure, especially of the senses
A conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning
A contrast between expectation and reality
special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.
Placement of two things closely together to emphasize comparisons or contrasts
a term applied to fiction or poetry which tends to place special emphasis on a particular setting, including its customs, clothing, dialect and landscape.
a word humorously misused
A effect that spoils a climax
a very typical example of a certain person or thing
the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character
Someone the protagonist talks to, enabling the audience or reader to become aware of the protagonist's motivation
an undesirable imaginary society
A recurring theme, subject or idea that appears in various works or throughout the same work
point of view
the vantage point from which a story is told
a character who represents a trait that is usually attributed to a particular social or racial group and who lacks individuality; a conventional patter, expression or idea.
a secondary series of events that are subordinate to the main story; a story within a story.
anything that stands for or represents something else
An abstract idea that emerges from literary work's treatment of its subject-matter
an ideal society
an indirect or passing reference to an event, person, or artistic work that the author assumes the reader will understand
A comparison of similar things, often used to explain something unfamiliar with something familiar
A terse statement of a principal or truth; a maxim
A rhetorical device in which the speaker addresses a dead or absent person, or an inanimate object
any expression that has been used so often it has lost its freshness
A substitution of a mild term for a more offensive or hurtful term
language that contains or uses figures of speech, especially metaphors, similes, personification, etc.
Exaggeration for the sake of emphasis in a figure of speech not literally meant
A figure of speech by which a affirmation is made indirectly by saying its opposite
A figure of speech in which one thing, idea, or action is referred to by a word or expression normally denoting another thing, idea or action, so it suggests a common quality between the two
A figure of speech in which a representative term is used for a larger idea
the use of words that imitate the sounds they refer to
A figure of speech in which two contradictory words or phrases are combined into a single expression
The technique by which animals, objects, or ideas are referred to as if they were human
A short saying that expresses some commonplace truth or a bit of folk wisdom
A play on words with two or more meanings
A less direct metaphor, using like it as
A form of logical reasoning, consisting of 2 premises and a conclusion
A figure of speech that utilizes a part as representative of the whole ( 'the law' for a police officer')
The repetition of an idea in a different word, phrase, or sentence
a type of verbal irony in which something is purposely represented as being far less important than it actually is
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