How can we help?

You can also find more resources in our Help Center.

English terms

STUDY
PLAY
allegory
literary work in which all or most of characters, settings, and events stand for ideas, qualities, or figures beyond themselves
alliteration
repetition of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words
allusion
reference to well-known person, place, event, music. literary work or work of art
analogy
comparison between two unlike things
anecdote
brief account of interesting or funny event
antagonist
force or character opposing the protagonist
assonance
repetition of vowel sounds
ballad
narrative song or poem
biography
story of a person's life
blank verse
poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
character
person or force in a literary work
round character
character whose good and bad quaitites are shown
flat character
only one personality trait is shown
dynamic character
character who changes in the course of the literary work
static character
character who stays the same in the course of a literary work
characterization
act of creating and developing a character in a literary work
direct characterization
author tells reader what a character is like
indirect characterization
author lets reader make up his/her own mind about a character
plot
sequence of events that make up a story
exposition
introduction
rising action
action between the exposition and the climax
climax
point of highest emotional intensity; turning point