Glencoe Literature; Course 4; Literary Terms
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The repetition of consonant sound throughout a story or novel.
A literacy work in which all or most of the characters, settings, or event stand for something beyond themselves; usually used to teach a moral lesson.
Usually a short story or poem in which animals talk; these usually point out flaws in human life.
A reference to a well known character, place, or situation from history, music, art, or another work of literature. Learning this is sometimes essential to understanding the story.
A person or a force in society or nature that opposes the the protagonist in a story or drama; the readers are not supposed to sympathize with this character.
Usually known as the protagonist. They are central to the story and are usually fully developed.
A minor character is a character in literature that is not really emphasized/developed in the work as much as the main character(s). They display few personality traits and are used to help develop the story.
A character who shows varied and sometimes contradictory traits. EX: Walter Mitty from 'the Secret Life of Walter Mitty'.
A character that only reveals one character trait.
A character that changes throughout the whole entire story.
A character that stays the same throughout the whole entire story.
A character that fits a stereotype of a group of people perfectly.
A conflict when a character struggles against some outside force, such as another person, nature, society, or fate.
A struggle that take a place within a characters mind, which is torn between opposing feelings or goals.
Person vs. Person conflict
This is when two different characters get into a fight (either physical or emotinal).
Person vs. Self conflict
See Internal conflict
Person vs. Nature Cinflict
When a Character is put to the test by an outside force in nature.
Person vs. Society
This is when a character is faced with poverty or a problem with the government.
Conversations between characters in a literary work. Dialogue shows what characters are like and how they are feeling.
A writers choice of words; an important element in the writers voice or style. Good writers use their words to convey a particular meaning or feeling.
Literature works in which situation and characters are invented by the writers. Aspects of a fictional work may be based on a true story.
Language that uses figures of speech, or expressions that are not literally true but expresses some truth beyond the literal level. Types of figurative language are hyperbole, metaphor, personification, simile, and understatement.
an authors use of clues to prepare readers for events that will happen later in a story.
A figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotions, make a point, or evoke humor.
Descriptive language that appeals to one or more of the five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell; these things help create an emotional response.
The outcome is the opposite of what is expected.
A person says one thing but means something different.
The audience or readers knows information the character(s) do not know.
A figure of speech that makes a comparison between two seemingly unlike things. Metaphors DO NOT use the words "like" or "as".
The emotional quality of a literary work. Writer's choice of language, subject matters, setting, diction, and tone, as well as sound devices such as rhyme and rhythm, contributes to mood.
A significant word, phrase, image, description, idea, or other element that is repeated throughout a literary work and is related to the theme.
Know these terms: narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive.
A book-length fictional prose narrative; has great potential to create a plot, character, settings, and theme than does a short story.
The use of words or phrases that imitates or suggests the sound of what is describes.
A figure of speech in which opposite ideas are combined.
The use of a series of words, phrases, or sentences that have similar grammatical form.
A non-human object that is given human characteristics.
Exposition>>narrative hook/conflict>>rising actions>>climax>>falling action>>resolution
Point of view
First person, second person, third person, omniscient, and limited/unreliable
See main character
The time and place in which The events of a literary works occur. The setting also includes ideas,values, customs, and beliefs.
A figure of speech that uses "like" or "as" to compare seemingly unlikely things.
Any person, place, animal, object, or event that exists on a literal level within a work but also represents something on a figurative level.
The main idea or message of the story, poem, novel, or play often expressed as a general statement of life.
The main idea of an essay or another work of nonfiction. The thesis may be implied but is commonly stated directly.
An author's attitude towards his or her matter.