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English 12 Provincial Exam Terms and Devices
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A story in which the plot/characters have symbolic meaning to a parallel, often real, story/event
A reference to a historical/mythical/Biblical/important person or event.
A character/force opposing the protagonist
A false ending in which a slow build to a climax occurs, only to be diffused by something less serious or comical (a let down)
Addressing/talking to, as if it were a person, and object, abstract concept, or dead/absent person
A person (usually) presented in a story through dialogue, thoughts and actions
A method used by the author to present/describe characters, including description, dialogue, and actions. Can be done directly or indirectly.
A character placed beside the protagonist to show contrast (difference)
High point of emotion intensity action in a story
A struggle between opposing forces
Conversation between characters
A difficult decision between two undesirable options
Author describes a characters appearance/traits directly though descriptive details
A style of story including serious/dramatic themes/events
When the reader/audience knows something a character does not (builds suspense)
A character who changes in outlook/opinion in story due to a realization/epiphany
A struggle between a character and outside force or character
Opposite of the prologue. A continuation of the story. Usually occurs after a period of time, gives insight to how characters are doing after the main action.
A story usually involving animals with human qualities (thought/speech) that illustrate a moral/lesson
Events occurring after the climax
A style/genre of a story involving magic or supernatural themes/settings/characters
First person point of view
The narrator is a character in the story (usually protagonist)
A character with only one apparent quality often a minor character
An early hint in a story of a future event
Type/category of a story (fantasy, science fiction, romance)
Author reveals character by actions and dialogue
Conflict within a character (dilemma etc.)
A discrepancy/difference between appearance and reality
Limited omniscient point of view
Outside narrator revealing only one characters thoughts/feelings (usually protagonist)
Emotional atmosphere of story
A genre/style involving suspense, tension and the protagonist is on a quest for truth/justice
A story developed by a culture to 'explain the unexplainable'
Tells a story, has characters/plot/climax etc.
A person either inside or outside the story telling the story's events
Omniscient point of view
An all-knowing narrator revealing many or all characters thoughts/feelings
Attributing human emotions to inanimate objects or nature. Example: the angry storm, or the somber clouds darkened our mood.
Organization of events/incidents in a story
Point of view
Perspective from which the story is told
I'm classical literature and plays: a section before the story/play to introduce the action or set the scene
Final scene where conflict unravels/is resolved
Events build up before climax
Has many qualities/traits, is complex
Time, place, era of the story
A 'twist at the end,' when a story turns out differently than expected
One who does not change in outlook/beliefs by end of story
Predictable behaviours - they fit in a 'type'. Also known as "stereotypical" characters
A feeling of tension in the reader, who is unaware what will happen next
An object, person, place, or idea that represents a more abstract concept
Central message/point of story
Often universal, applying to all cultures etc.
Difference between what is said and what is meant
True meaning is only subtly implied. Sarcasm is a form.
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