17 terms

8th Vocab-2- literary analysis

These words are the foundation of everything we will do throughout the year in 8th grade English.
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simile
A comparison of 2 unlike things using "like" or "as".
metaphor
1. A figure of speech in which a comparison is implied but not stated, such as "This winter is a bear." 2., A direct comparison between two things that are not alike (usually using "is" or "was".)
personification
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
static character
A character that does not change from the beginning of the story to the end
dynamic character
A character who grows, learns, or changes as a result of the story's action
exposition
A narrative device; The introductory material which gives the setting, creates the tone, presents the characters, and presents other facts necessary to understanding the story.
rising action
A series of events, conflicts, and crisis that BUILD from the beginning of a story and ends with the climax.
climax
1. That point in a plot that creates the greatest intensity, suspense, or interest; 2. the point at which the conflict is resolved
falling action
Events that happen after the climax/crisis/turning point- usually wraps up the story and leads to the resolution/conclusion (sometimes the falling action is almost non-existent because the resolution/conclusion occurs immediately after the climax/crisis/turning point).
resolution
1. Also called the denouement, this is the final stage in the plot of a drama or work of fiction. Here the action comes to an end and remaining loose ends are tied up.
setting
The time and place which the events of a story take place.
mood
Feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage
tone
Attitude a writer takes toward a subject, a character, or the audience
theme
1. A central message or insight into life revealed through a literary work. 2. A central message, idea, or statement that unifies and controls an entire work of writing or art.
vicarious
1. Experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person. 2. Performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another
plot
Sequence of events in a story
textual evidence
1. a quotation pulled from the text to support a claim, statement 2. Quotations, summaries, or paraphrases from text passages to support a position