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Literary terms

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Fable
a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
Theme
central idea of a work of literature
Non-fiction
writing that tells about real people, places, and events
fiction
a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
purpose
one's intention or objective in a speech or piece of writing
Tone
the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
mood
the overall emotion created by a work of literature
suspense
Uncertainty or anxiety the reader feels about what is going to happen next in a story
autobiography
Story of a person's life written by that person
figurative language
Writing or speech that is used to create vivid impressions by setting up comparisons between dissimilar things, [examples are metaphor, simile, and personification.
dialect
the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people
direct characterization
Author directly describes character
indirect characterization
the character is revealed through their personality, appearance, words, actions, and effect on others
protagonist
the principal character in a work of fiction
antagonist
the character who works against the protagonist in the story
round character
this character is fully developed - the writer reveals good and bad traits as well as background
flat character
a character who embodies a single quality and who does not develop in the course of a story
dynamic character
a character who undergoes change during the story
static character
a character that does not change from the beginning of the story to the end
foil character
a character who is used as a contrast to another character; the contrast emphasizes the differences between the two characters, bringing out the distinctive qualities in each
symbol
something in a literary work that stands for something else
irony
incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs
satire
witty language used to convey insults or scorn
allegory
an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances
propaganda
information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.
elements of plot
All fiction is based on conflict and this conflict is presented in a structured format called PLOT.
genre
a kind of literary or artistic work