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AP Literature Review
Terms in this set (29)
The act of telling a story, whether in prose or in verse, and the mans by which that telling is accomplished.
The narrator of a literary work is the one who tells the story / The form of various convictions and values by which he or she judges characters and events as well as evokes judgments in the reader
A character in the story who is actually telling the story himself/herself - has the advantages of immediacy and directness.
A narrator that has a much broader view and, usually, an objective perspective on characters and events.
Can enter the consciousness of any character, evaluate motives and explain feelings, and recount the background and predict the outcome of situations.
The narrator describes events only from the perspective and with the understanding of one, or sometimes, a select few characters.
An omniscient narrator who offers philosophical or moral commentary on the characters and the events he depicts
A third-person narrator whose presence is merely implied
Stream of Consciousness
An extreme form of third-person limited point of view which is used to replicate the thought processes of a character, with little or no intervention by the narrator.
The narrator addresses the audience directly using the pronoun "you," and assumes that the audience is experiencing the events along with the narrator.
The techniques by which an author of a work of fiction, drama, or narrative poetry represents the moral, intellectual, and emotional natures of the characters.
Flat / Two-dimensional character
A character which is more a type than an individual, and stays essentially the same throughout the work.
Round / Three-dimensional character
A character which is multi-faceted and subject to change or growth; he or she is also capable of inconsistencies, and in those ways similar to an actual human being.
Simply presenting characters' words and actions without commentary and allowing that dramatization to imply their motives, feelings, and values.
The method by which the author describes, and comments on, characters' motives and values and often also passes judgment on characters and events, as a means of shaping the audience's response.
A sequence of events leading to some sort of resolution that is designed to reveal the feelings, motives, and values of the characters.
The main character in a work of drama, fiction, or narrative poetry
Hero / Heroine
A term for protagonist which has the connotation of nobility
A character that opposes the protagonist's goals and interests and so creates the major conflict in the work.
An antagonist with evil intentions.
A character who contrasts with the protagonist in ways that bring out certain of his or her moral, emotional, or intellectual qualities.
The presentation of what characters in a literary work say
Direct and Indirect Discourse
A third-person narrator summarizes the words of a character but replicates his or her characteristic idioms and patterns of thought.
A monologue delivered by a character who is alone on stage.
A speech, usually brief, that, according to theatrical conventions, is heard only by the audience, or, sometimes, is addressed privately to another character on stage.
The time and place in which the events in a work of fiction, drama, or narrative poetry occur.
A central idea that it conveys, either directly or implicitly.
The attitude that a literary speaker expresses toward his or her subject matter and audience.
The evocation in the audience of pity, tenderness, compassion, or sorrow.