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alliteration
repition of initial consonant sounds
comedy
literary work that has a happy ending
exposition
writing or speech that explains a process or presents information
theme
central message or insight into life revealed through the literary work
oxymoron
ex - bitter sweet
rising action
action leading to climax
soliloquy
long speech expressing the thoughts of a character alone on stage
tragedy
work of literature that results in a catastrophe for the main character
aside
short speech delivered by an actor in a play
conflict
struggle between opposing forces
falling action
action following the climax
foreshadowing
use of a literary work of clues that suggest events that have yet to occur
personification
giving human-like traits to an inanimate object
round character
many different traits
sonnet
14-line lyric poem usually written in rhymed iambic pentameter
blank verse
poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
dialogue
conversation between characters
flashback
thinking back to a previous time
imagery
descriptive or figurative language used in literature to create word pictures for the reader
pun
short joke
setting
time and place of the action
subplot
smaller plot within the main plot
climax
high point of suspense or interest
dramatic irony
contradiction between what a character thinks and what the reader knows
flat character
"flat", only one defined trait
narrator
speaker or character who tells a story
resolution
end
simile
figure of speech in which like or as is used to make a comparison between two unlike ideas
symbol
anything that stands for or represents something else