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OFFICIAL LA10 Lit Terms List for Final - Hill/Spiceland/Merrill

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Omniscient narrator
An all-knowing narrator tells the story
Dramatic irony
The reader or viewer knows something that a character does not know
Simile
A figure of speech that makes a comparison between two things using like or as
First person narrator
A character in the story tells the story
Verbal irony
When someone knowingly exaggerates or says one thing and means another
Metaphor
A figure of speech that makes a comparison between two things that are basically unlike but that
have something in common
Static character
Character that does not change in the story
Dynamic character
Character that changes in some significant way
Antagonist
A person or force in conflict with the protagonist
Style
The author's uniquely individual way of communicating ideas
Setting
The time and place in which the events of the story occur
Point of View
The author's decision about who is the narrator in the story
Allusion
An indirect reference to another literary work or to a famous person, place, or event
Protagonist
The central character who is struggling with a problem
Plot
The design or plan of action in the story
Alliteration
Repetition of initial consonant sounds
Aside
A remark spoken in an undertone by one character either to the audience or to another
character, which the remaining characters supposedly do not hear.
Soliloquy
A speech made by a character when he is alone on stage
Blank verse
Unrhymed lines of poetry written in iambic pentameter
Drama
Literature in play form
Theme
The author's underlying message about man or human nature
Conflict
A basic struggle between the protagonist and the antagonist
Foreshadowing
Hints of what is to come in the story
Tone
The stated or implied attitude of a writer toward the subject
Symbol
The object, event, or character that represents someone or something in the story