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Literary terms you need to know to pass English.
Terms in this set (36)
type or category of literary work (e.g., poetry, essay, short story, novel, drama)
a person or animal who takes part in the action of a literary work
The main character in a literary work
The character who goes against the protagonist ia a literary work
When and where a story takes place
The main idea(s) that occur often throughout a story; a central message about life that the author conveys
The position from which the writer tells a story.
- 1st Person: narrator is part of the action and uses words like 'I' and 'We'
- 2nd Person: the narrator knows everything about everyone (think newspaper articles and research papers).
- 3rd Person: The narrator tells the story from outside of the action. They have limited information.
The feeling or attitude in the author's words
Writing or speech that appeals to one or more of your senses (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch)
Anything that stands for something else; something that suggests a meaning deeper than its literal meaning
the repetition of vowel sounds
the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words
an extreme exaggeration
a comparison of two unlike things using like or as
A comparison of two unlike things without using like or as
the opposite of what is expected; a twist of fate or a contradiction between what is said and what is meant
words that imitate sounds
An expression that contains contradictory terms (i.e. - jumbo shrimp)
giving human qualities to animals or objects
a reference to another work of literature, person, or past event
when a speaker talks to someone/something that isn't there. (i.e. - "Are you there God? It's me, student X."
a story interruption that takes the reader back to an earlier time
a humorous story
the events that occur in the story: introduction, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion
the use of clues that suggest what will happen in the future in a story
a personal account of someone's life that is usually not created for others to read
a story of someone's life written by someone else
a story of someone's life written by that person
the feeling a reader gets from a story (not the words used)
the problem in the story; a struggle that a character must face in a story
a type of writing in which the meaning and sound or words is especially important
Use of humor to expose or make fun of certain human behavior
writing based on fact
writing not based on fact
a serious drama that involves a struggle against evil
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