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Allegory
a work in which every character or detail is understood to be a metaphor for something else
Stage direction
the playwright dictates details on placement of various things on the stage
First person
a character who participates in the action of the story or novel and refers to himself and his actions.
Description
The author may describe a character's physical appearance, voice, gestures in great detail
Irony
is found in statements contrary to reality or opposite to expectations
Complication
Introduces the conflict or problem
Diction
What a character says to and about others and what others say to and about that character reveal a great deal.
Narrator
The teller of the story
Point of view
the method through which the author tells/narrates the work
Persona
an invented character to narrate
Theme
the author's message about life, people, and society
exposition
introduces the background information
Personification
the writer describes an inanimate object as if it were alive or an animal as if it were human.
climax
the highest intesity or interest or action in the plot, and it may also be the turning point.
conflict
struggle faced by the protagonist
Effaced narrator
Not a character in the story does not share any characters' thoughts
Dialect
how the author shows the pronunciation
Dialogue
refers to two people speaking to one another
Characterization
how the author reveals and develops his or her characters for the reader.
Aside
made by a character who is on stage with other characters but is not heard by the other characters.
Internal conflict
when the protagonist's cheif conflict, or struggle faced by the protagonist, is within himself
Setting
Where the story takes place
Motivation
the reason for a character's attitudes and behaviors
Soliloquy
an extended speech in which a character alone on the stage and speaks his or her thoughts aloud
Drama
form of literature intended to be watched
Plot
The plot is the series of related events which occur within the work of literature
Allusion
an implied reference to another person, real or fictional, or to an event in history or in literature or to a specific work of literature or art.
foreshadowing
clues that hint the readers on how the book will end
Symbolism
the use of physical details to represent more significant concrete phenomena
Protagonist
the protagonist is the main character or hero of the work
Metaphor
the writer describes one thing with terms or characteristics associated with something else, making one thing be the other thing
foil
A foil is a character who reveals information about the protagonist by opposing him or by behaving in a contrasting manor.
Character
The people in the works of literature
Limited Omniscient
Not a character in the story, reveals the thoughts of only one character
Antagonist
is the chief opponent or obstacle faced by the protagonist.
external conflict
A conflict between the protagonist and a being or force outside himself
Simile
comparison which contains like or as
Omniscient
not a character in the story and reveals the thoughts of more than one of those characters
Resolution/denouement
explains what happens to the characters after the climax, the wrapping up the sitution
Figurative Language
several different ways writers make comparisons in order to clarify or expand their meanings and to generate intellectual or emotional responses in the readers.
Analogy
a writer explains a difficult concept by comparing it to a more familiar concept.
stock character
familiar types who are recognized by obvious or exaggerated characteristics