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allusion
A reference to someone or something that is Known from history, literature, religion , politics, sports, science, or some other branch of culture
Anticlimax
falling off intensity and interest follwing a serious high point
Antihero
the opposite of hero;weak
aphorism
a brief, clevorly worded statement that make a wise observation about life.
autobiography
an account of the written own life
biography
an account fo someone's life written by another person
caricature
exgarurate or distort for comic effect person phyical features or personality traits
character
an individual in a story or play
characterization
process by which the writter reveals the personality of a character
direct characterzation
first method of revealing a charcter
Indeirect
the other five methods of revealing a character.
static
one who does not change much in course of story.
dynamic
changes in some important way as a result of the story.
flat
have few personality traits
round
have more dimensions to their personalities
climax
the point in aplot that creates the greatest intenity, supense, or intrest
conflict
struggle between opposing forces or characters in a story
internal
opposing forces within a person mind
external
can exist between two people, between a person and nature or a machine, or between a person and a whole society
dialogue
conversation between characters in a story
diction
a speaker or writer's choice of words
local color
same as regionlism, but the dialouge
naturalism
a nineteenth century literary movement that was an extension of realism and that clamied to portray life exactly as it was
plot
series of related events in a story or play, sometimes called the stroyline
exposition
tells us who the chararcters are and introduce their conflict
complication
a rise as the characters take steps to resolve their conflict
Resolution or denouement
when teh story's problems are all resolved and the story ends
rising action
all the action that take place before turning point
turning point
point which the hero experiences a reversal of fortune
point of view
vantage point from which the writer tells a story
1st person
one character in the story tells the story
3rd person limited
an unknown narrator tells story
omniscient
narrator tells the story, also using 3rd person pronouns
objective
narrators who is totally impersonal and objective tells the story
realism
style of writing developed in the 19th century, that attempts to depict life accuratly without idealizing or romanticizing it
regionalism
literature that emphesizes a specfic geographic setting and that reproduces the speech, behavior and attitudes of the people who live in that region
vernacular
the longway spoken by the people who live in a particular locality
dialect
a way of speaking that is characteristic of a certian social group or of the inhabitants of a certain geograpical area
flashback
a scene that interrupts the normal chronological sequence of events in a story to depict something that hapens at an earlier time
short story
fictional narritive that vary in size