Miss Myklebust's 50 literary Terms English II
Sophmore English II Literary Terms
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something which can be read with an obvious meaning as well as a figurative meaning
The use of repeated consonats in neighboring words
A casual reference to any aspect of another piece of literature, art, music, people, or life in general
when words, sentences, and text have more than one meaning. It can be delibrate or unintentional. It is a negative expression applied to a vague or equivocal expression when accuracy would be more practical
something which is too early or too late for that given time: placing a event, a person, item, or verbal expression in the wrong historical time period.
The character in a drama or novel, who is the main opponent of the protagonist; the villain
a theatrical convention, often leading to dramatic irony, whereby a character in a play speak so that the audience may hear, sometimes directed to the audience, but, it is supposed, the other characters on stage do not hear.
The emotion or mood induced by a part or whole of a work of art
unrhymed iambic penta meter. A common mistake is to describe any unrhymed verse as "blank"
an emotional release felt by audience or reader as they observe the fate of a tragic hero. It is also a welcome relief from tension and anxiety
The method by which characters are established in a story, using description, dialogue, dialect, and action
indicates the arrival of any time of crucial intensity in a play or narrative. It is also a word used to show that particular moment when the rising action leads to a peak in the densities of the hero and the heroine.
A work which is principally designed to amuse an entertaining, and where, despite problems during the narrative, all ends well for the characters
defined as any struggle between opposing forces. Usually, the main character struggles against some other forces. It is what drives each and every story
A pair of rhyming lines in a verse.
Ex. the dog ate the cat but forgot about the bat
the speech between two or more characters in any type of text
any kind of performance intended for an audience in a theater
where a character is unaware of the irony in his or her words, or situation, and other characters on stage or, more especially, the audience is conscious of this
A poem that mourns the death of an individual
A literary device that is a laudatory expression in a speech, or a written tribute to a person recently deceased
where the scene is outlined through setting, in a play or story. Sometimes it deals with crucial events or information, prior to the opening of the narrative
A brief narrative illustrating human tendencies to the depiction of animals and characters
A form of low comedy designed to provoke laughter through highly exaggerated caricatures of people in improbable or silly situations
language where literally or poetic techniques and devices, such as metaphors and similes, are used to produce a meaning beyond the literal service meaning
A method of narration in which the present action is temporarily interrupted, to relive an episode in the characters past. This could take the form of a memory, dream, narration, or even and authorial commentary
literary device in which a writer gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story
to draw a reasonable conclusion from the information presented
irony of the situation
most broadly defined situation where the outcome is incongrous generally understood as a situation that includes contradictions or sharp contrasts
traditionally, this is a play with the musical accompaniment meant to heighten the emotional aspect of the drama. often they give an increase of two dimensional or flat characters
a comparison, between two things that not usually is compared , that implies that one object is another one, figuratively speaking. It uses as to compare
used when a character speaks aloud to himself or narrates an account to an audience with no other character on stage
capable of seeing, knowing, and telling whatever he wishes. He is free to move his characters in time and place, to describe the physical action and private thoughts of characters, to comment on what happens and to make clear the theme of his story in whatever way he chooses
the application of sounds that are comparable to the noise they represent for an artistic effects
to restate a text or speech in one's own words
The utilisation of serious manner and the characteristic features of a literary work to mock those same features.
A literary device where abstractions, animals, ideas, and inanimate objects are given human character traits, abilities, or reactions. Personification is common in poetry, but also appears in other writing
the writers structure and the relationship of actions, characters and events in a fictional work
point of view
The method a story is told and who tells it. See narrator.
The main character in a narrative or poetry. See antagonist.
Originally the term referred to a literary movement in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in America, Europe, and England. More generally speaking the term signals towards a literary, or artistic, depiction of life in an accurate, straightforward, unidealised manner.
An attack on any idiocy or vice in the form of scathing humor, or a critique of what the author sees as dangerous religious, political, moral, or social standards. Satire is not solely written for entertainment purposes, but generally has an aim or agenda to present. Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels is an example of a satire.
The place or period within which a narrative or play is located. In drama, setting comprises of any stage scenery.
A monologue spoken by a character who believes himself to be alone during the scene.
A character who doesn't develop or change throughout the text.
The distinguishing way writers employ language and their words choice to accomplish certain effects. A significant ingredient of interpreting and understanding fiction is paying attention to the way the author uses words.
A word, place, character, or object that signifies something beyond what it is on the surface, and represents a broader concept. Symbols can be contextual, cultural, or personal.
principal concept or concepts that unifies and preoccupies a literary work.
The mood of a text or part of a text.
A serious play where the protagonist experiences a succession of misfortunes leading to a concluding, disturbing catastrophe - usually for the protagonist.
A limitation or weakness of a character, which causes a their downfall.
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