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character
main person in a literary piece, sometimes a place or thing.
characterization
The author's writing process that makes the characters come alive.
indirect characterization
The reader learns about the character through other means: dialogue, actions, private thoughts, thoughts of others, and description.
direct characterization
The author tells reader directly about the character. Ex. Equality was six feet tall.
literal language
Dictionary meaning of a word.
Ex. He's cool. - Meaning his fever broke and he is no longer hot.
figurative language
The meaning of a word is other than the dictionary meaning. Ex. He's cool. - Meaning he's stylish.
metaphor
Comparing two things without using like, as, than. Ex. My love is a red, red rose.
simile
Comparing two things and USING like, as, than. Ex. My love is LIKE a red rose.
irony
Words or a situation that expresses something other than what it is.
Ex. The arrest seemed easy for the police, but the robber's cell phone dialed 911 when it pressed against the jewelry counter.
parable
Short, fictitious story that illustrates a moral or religious point.
sensory imagery
Words/description that paint a visual picture and appeal to the senses.
style
A distinctive type of writing.
Ex. - Narrative, persuasive, etc.
symbolism
When one thing in the story stands for another.
Ex. - A red rose symbolizes love.
tone or voice
The attitude of the writer that the reader detects in the story.
parallelism
Two stories, behaviors, or events which are alike in many ways, but never overlap.
protagonist
Main character
antagonist
The character who creates the conflict and keeps the protagonist in turmoil.
round character
The reader knows many details about this character's personality and traits.
flat character
A character about which little to no info is provided.
static character (often acts as foil)
This character does not change/grow in the story. His purpose often is to create tension and suspense, a foil.
inference
An educated guess given what's known.
short story
A short narrative with few characters and plot conflicts.
annotate
To mark a story/writing in the margins in order to identify, comment on, or remember a specific point for quick reference.
dynamic character
This type of character is the most developed and described.
satire
Type of writing that makes fun of something in order to make the opposite point, exposing a weakness or wrong. Sometimes the writing is serious on the surface, sometimes funny.