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Alliteration
Repetition of initial consonant ounds
Allusion
Reference to another literary or artistic work
Anatagonist
Usually keeps the conflicts from resolving
Archetype
a character that typifies abstract qualities
Assonance
repetition of vowel sounds
Atmosphere
Setting and emotional circumstances
Catharsis
audience's purgation of pity and fear for the hero
climax
point at which a conflict can no longer build
denouement
point at which action resolves
consonance
repetition of vowel sounds
simple
sentence with one independent clause
confidant
character who supports the protagonist
conflict
cause of the action in the story
compound
sentence with two independent clauses
couplet
two lines of verse in the same meter
declarative
sentence which explains something
deus ex machina
plot device which immediately resolves conflict
dramatic irony
when protagonist knows less than audience
foil
the main character's opposite
complex
sentence with dependent and independent clauses
exposition
revealing present circumstances of a story
flashback
revealing past circumstances of a story
flat
a character who has no complex traits
dynamic
a character who changes as a result of a conflict
foreshadowing
reveal of future events in a story
motif
a repeated image, event, or idea
imagery
an emphasis on the sences in description
imperative
a commanding sentence type
indirect
ana non-explicit descriptoin of a character
interrogative
a questioning sentence type
limited point of view
narrator reveals only throught of one character
metaphor
a tenor's direct comparison to a vehicle
monologue
extended scripting for one actor
mood
emotional atmosphere of a story
free verse
characterized by lack of meter or rhyme
omniscient point of view
narrator reveals the thoughts of many characters
paradox
seemingly contradictory, but proves cleverly true
parallelism
structual repetition
personification
implieed comparison with a human as its vehicle
prose
sentence-and-paragraph structure
protagonist
most sympathetically undergoes the main conflict
quatrain
a four-line poetic stanza
rhyme scheme
the repeated sound structure of a poem
round character
reveals complexities of personality
static character
does not change when faced with conflic
stock character
mimics a "type" of person
tone
attitude of an author toward the story
tragic flaw
catalyst for downfall
verbal irony
often, but not always, sarcastic turns of phrase
verse
structure focused on word level, often line-by-line