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Literary Terms Bissell - Final (Semester 1)

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allegory
The representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures, or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form
allusion
a passing or casual reference; an incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication.
antagonist
The most prominent of the characters who oppose the protagonist in a narrative or drama. He/she is often a villian seeking to frustrate the protagonist, can also be a force of nature
argument
subject matter; theme
climax
the highest point in a series of dramatic actions, the turning point of the dramatic action at which point the outcome of the play becomes inevitable, followed by the denounement
setting
The time and place of a story
tragic flaw
the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall
characterization
the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character
internal conflict
a struggle between opposing needs, desires, or emotions within a single character
external conflict
a problem or struggle between a character and someone or something outside of the character
theme
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
mood
the overall emotion created by a work of literature
foreshadowing
the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot
imagery
the ability to form mental images of things or events
symbol
something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible
aside
stage whisper (character talks to audience)
protagonist
the main character, who must overcome obstacles and resolve the conflict
tragic hero
A literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy
thesis
The basic argument advanced by a speaker or writer who then attempts to prove it; the subject or major argument of a speech or composition.
verbal irony
occurs when what is said contradicts what is meant or thought
situational irony
occurs when the outcome of a work is unexpected, or events turn out to be the opposite from what one had expected
dramatic irony
(theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
topic sentence
a sentence that states the topic of its paragraph
personification
representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature
1st person narration
tells story using "i"
2nd person narration
when you become involved within the plot; the narrator tells YOU whats happening to YOU
omniscient narration
If the speaker knows everything including the actions, motives, and thoughts of all the characters, the speaker is referred to as omniscient (all-knowing). If the speaker is unable to know what is in any character's mind but his or her own, this is called limited omniscience
character foil
a character that by contrast highlights or enhances the distinctive characteristics of another character