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AP Lit Vocab List 3 (Plot, Narration, and Voice)
For this test, none of the vocabulary words will require an example.
Terms in this set (10)
An element of plot structure, climax is the highest point of emotional intensity and the moment when the action of the story turns toward the conclusion.
Diction is the choice of words. Diction is often described as either informal or colloquial if it resembles everyday speech, or as formal if it is instead lofty, impersonal, and dignified. Use of the device of diction in literary analysis ALWAYS requires an adjective to describe it. (This is one of the five elements of voice or the author's distinctive style.)
Falling Action (plot)
An element of plot structure, falling action is the sequence of events that happens after the climax of the story. Falling action resolves the conflict and begins tying up loose ends.
An element of plot structure, resolution (also known as the denouement) is when conflicts are resolved and the story concludes.
Syntax is the word order. The way words are put together to form phrases, clauses, and sentences. (This is one of the five elements of voice or the author's distinctive style.)
Third Person Limited (narration)
When the story is seen through the eyes of one particular character. The narrator reveals only one character's inner thoughts.
Third Person Objective (narration)
When the author uses "he," "she," or "they" to refer to characters. The author states only what can be seen, not what is inside a character's mind. This is called the "camera eye."
Third Person Omniscient (narration)
When the story is told through the point of view of an all-knowing (i.e., omniscient) narrator who supplies more information about all the characters and events than any one character could know. (In Latin, "omni" means "all" and "scire" means "to know.")
Tone is the attitude a literary work takes toward its subject or that a character in the work conveys, especially as revealed through diction. Use of the device of tone ALWAYS requires an adjective to describe it. (This is one of the five elements of voice or the author's distinctive style.)
Unreliable narrator (narration)
An unreliable narrator is a speaker or character who tells a story with a lack of credibility. They can create gray areas and blur the lines of reality, allowing us to move to inferences and insights about our speaker.
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