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english-freshman midterm 1

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allusion
a reference to a well known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art
antagonist
a character or force in conflict with a main character or protagonist
character
a person or an animal that takes part in the action of a literary work
conflict
a struggle between opposing forces
internal conflict
involves a character in conflict with himself or herself
external conflict
the main character struggles against an outside force
epiphany
a character's sudden flash of insight into a conflict or situation
genre
a category or type of literature
irony
the general term for literary techniques that portray differences between appearance and reality or expectation and result
verbal irony
words are used to suggest the opposite of what is meant
dramatic irony
there is a contradiction between what a character thinks and what the reader or audience knows to be true
situational irony
an event occurs that directly contradicts the expectations of the characters the reader or the audience
protagonist
the main character in a literary work that the author wants you to sympathize with
point of view
directs the type and amount of information the writer reveals; vantage point from which the story is told
first person POV
when a character in the story tells the story
omniscent
when an all knowing third person narrator can tell readers what any character thinks and feels
third person limited
when the narrator sees the world through one character's eyes and reveals only that character's thoughts
plot
the sequence of events in a literary work
exposition
introduces the setting characters and basic situation
inciting incident
introduces the central conflict
rising action
all events leading up to the climax; the conflicts become more apparent
climax
the high point of interest or suspense
falling action
all events leading to the resolution; when the events become less complicated
resolution
a general insight or change is conveyed
unreliable narrator
has trouble discerning fantasy from reality