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These are the literary words on the final, NOT vocab words

Direct Characterization

method of character development where the author simply tells what the character is like
(ie. Louisa has always been a shy person)

Inderect characterization

process where the personality of a fititous character is revealed through the character's speach, action, appearances
(ie. And with her long black hair she stole the candy from the baby)


underluing meaning or insight that an author conveys in a story

point of view

perspective from which a story is told
(ie. 1st and 3rd person)

character development

The ways in which a character changes and evolves throughout a story, often as a result of some conflict within the story.


represenation of something in symbolic form or the attribution of symbolic meaning or character to something
(ie. a dove is a symbol for peace)


time and place story takes place
(ie. June, 1998)


conversation between or amoung two characters
(ie. "Hello, how are you? "Good, and you?")


two words having the same or nearly the same meaning
(ie. joy and happiness)


two words who have opposite meanings
(ie. tall and short)

active voice

the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb
(ie. the boy threw the ball)


expresses an author's attitude toward the subject and the readers


progression of events in fiction (ie: conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution)


background on the characters and situation
(ie. CBS)

Rising Action

events that intensify the conflict
(ie. the clown fish meets the shark)


highest point of story tension at which outcome is revealed
(ie. She raised the gun and shot him.)

Falling Action

events following climax
(ie. She walked out of the room)


remaining issues resolved; conclusions or insights revealed by narrator
(ie. She went back to her normal life)

Verb tense

tenses of verbs
(ie. Past, present, future)

Sensory detail

detail involving five senses
(ie. Sound, sight, taste, touch, smell)


3 types: Dramatic-when audience knows something a character doesn't
Situational-when something happens opposite of how one expects it to happen
Verbal-when a person says one thing but means another

internal conflict

type of conflict where the character experiences conflict within himself
(ie. Joe vs. Joe)

external conflict

type of conflict where the character faces an outside source


giving details that hint at upcoming events
(ie. The grey clouds promised a storm)


how sentences in are constructed
(ie. simple, cmoplex)


word choice

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