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Midterm exam study guide Literary terms

english 9
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action
series of events or happenings in a story
allusion
a reference to a well known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art
Antagonist
a character or force in conflict with the protagonist
characterization
the act of creating and developing a character; could be direct or indirect
climax
the high point of interest or suspense in a literary work
conflict
a struggle between opposing forces; could be internal or external
connotation
an association or emotional feeling that a word calls to mind
denotation
the literal meaning of a work; its dictionary definition
dialogue
a conversation between characters
diction
a writer's or speaker's word choice; may be formal, informal, plain, etc.
exposition
the beginning of a story where characters and setting are introduced
falling action
events that follow the climax of a story and lead to its resolution
flashback
a selection of a literary work that interprets the story to relate to an event from an earlier time
foreshadowing
clues that suggest events that haven occurred yet
Genre
a division or "type" of literature
imagery
descriptive language used to create word pictures for the reader; appeals to our five senses
irony
a contrast between what is stated and what is meant or between what is expected to happen and what actualy happens
metaphor
a figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared
mood
the feeling created in the reader by a literary work
narrator
a speaker or character who tells the story
plot
the sequence of events in a literary work. includes the exposition through the resolution
Point of veiw
the perspective from which a story is told
protagonist
the main character in a literary work
resolution
the end of a story; events come to a reasonable conclusion
rising action
leads up to the climax; the part of the plot where the conflict intensifies
setting
the time and place of an action
simile
a figure of speech that makes a direct comparison using like or as
suspense
a feeling of growing uncertanty about the outcome of events in a literary work
symbol
anything that stands for or represents something else
theme
the central message or insight into life revealed by a literary work