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Allegory
is a story in which people, things, and actions represent an idea or a generlization about life; often have a strong moral or lesson.
Allusion
is a literary reference to afamiliar person, place, thing, or event.
Analogy
is comparison of two or more similar objects, suggesting that if they are alike in other ways as well.
Antagonist
is the person or thing working against the protagonist, or hero, of the work.
Autobiography
is an author's account or story of her or his own life.
Biography
is the person's life written by another person.
Characterization
is the method an author uses to reveal characters and their personalities.
Comedy
is a literature in which human errors or problems appear funny.
Context
is the set of facts or circumstances surronding an event situation ina piece of literature.
Dialogue
is the conversation carried by the characters in a literary work.
Diction
is an author's choice of words based on their correctness, clearness, or effectiveness.
Didactic
literature instructs or presents a moral or religous statement.
Drama
is the form known as plays; but drama also refers to the type of serious play that is often concerned with the leading character's relationship to society.
Empathy
is putting yourself in someone else's place imagining how that must feel. The phrase "What would you in my shoes? is a request for one person to emphasize with another.
Epic
is along narrative poem that tells of deeeds and adventure of a hero.
Epitaph
is a short poem or in conflictverse written in memory of someone.
Epitet
is a word or phrase used in place of a person's name; it is characteristic of that.
Essay
is a piece of prose that expresses an individual's point of view; usuallyy it is a series of closely related paragraphs that combine to make a complete piece of writing.
Fable
a short fictional narrative that teaches a lesson. It usually includes animals that talk and act like people.
Figurative Language
is language used to create a speacial effect or feeling.
Flashback
is returning to an earlier time (in a story) for the purpose making something in the present more clear.
Foil
is someone who serves as a contrast or challenge to another character.
Foreshadowing
is giving hints or clues of what is to come later in a story.
Genre
refers to a catagory or type of literature on its style, from, and content. The mystery novel is a literary genre.
Hubris
derived from the greek word hubris, means "excessive pride." In Greek tragedy, hubris is often viewed as the flaw that leads to the downfall of the tragic hero.
Imagery
is the use of words to create a certain picture in the reader's mind. Imagery is usually based on sensory details.
Irony
is using a word or phrase to mean the exact opposite of its literal or normal meaning. There are three kinds of Irony.
Memoir
is writing based on the writers memory of a particular time, place, or incident.
Mood
is the feeling a text arouses in the reader;happiness, peacefulness, sadness and so on.
Moral
is the particular value or lesson the author is trying to get across to the reader.
Motif
is the term for an often-repeated idea or theme in literature. In The adventures of Finn, Huck is constantly in conflict with the "civilization" world. This conflict becomes a motif throught the novel.
Myth
is a traditional story that attempts to justify a certain practice or belief or to explain a natural phenomenon.
Novel
is a lengthy fictional story with a plot that is revealed by the speech, action, and thoughts of the characters.
Novella
is a prose work longer than the standard short story, but shorter and less complex than a full length novel.
Oxymoron
is a combination of contradictory terms as in jumbo shrimp, though love, and cruel kindness.
Paradox
is a statement that seems contrary to common sense, yet may in fact, be true: " The coach considered this a good loss."
Plot
is the action or sequence of events in a story. It is usually a series of related incidents that build upon one another as the story develops. There are five basic elements in plot line.
Plotline
is the graphic display of the action or events in a story: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
Point of View
is the vantage point from which the story is told. In the firstperson point of view, the story is told by one of the characters: " I remember the summer I turned sixteen." In the thirdperson point of view, the story is told by one of the characters: "The old man shuffled across the street."
Protagonist
is the main character or hero of the story.
Romance
a novel or other prose narrative depicting heroic or marvelous deeds, pageantry, romantic exploits, etc., usually in a historical or imaginary setting.
Satire
is a literary tone used to make fun of human vice or weakness, often with the intent of correcting or subject of the attack.
Setting
is the time and place in which the action of a literary work occurs.
Soliquy
is a speech delivered by a character when he or she is alone on stage. It is as though the character is thinking out load.
Symbol
is a person, a place, a thing or an event used to represent something else:the dove is a symbol of peace. Characters in literature may be symbols of good or evil.
Theme
is the statement about life a writer is trying to get across in a piece of writing. In most cases, the theme will be implied rather than directly spelled out
Tone
is the overall feeling, or effect, created by writers use of words. This feeling may be serious, humorous, or satiric.
Tragedy
is a literary work in which the hero is destroyed by some character flaw or by forces beyond his or her control.