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Act
A unti used to divide a large part of a play
allegory
story where the charecers and settin stand for people
alliteration
repititions of consonants
allusion
reference to a place, person, or thing from history or poplular culture
analogy
comparison between two or more things that are similar in some ways, but different in others
anecdote
brief story about in intrseting event, told to make a point.
antagonist
charecter in conflict with main charecter
anticlimax
turing point in a story, here u learn that stroy wont turn out way u expected
archetype
original model or type of charecter in literature after which other similar charecter are patterned; prototype
aside
where a charecter talks directly to the audience or another charecter.
assonance
repitition of vowel words
autobiography
authors own lief story
ballad
story song; often ending in a sad format
biography
life story written by someone other then subject
blank verse
unrhymed Iambic Pentameter
charecter
a person or item of focus in a stroy
characterization
how a wuthor paints a picture of who a character is
a. round
b. flat
climax
the high point of interest or suspense in a story
comedy
a story with a happy ending
comic relief
technique ehere u interupt a serious part of a story with a humerous situation
conflict
struggle between opposing forces
connotation
where somnething meaning some from the associations that it is given to.
couplet
2 lines usually at the end of a poem tht ryhme.
denotation
dictionary definition
denouement
french word ofr fallin action; unraveling
description
one of four main ways of writing; paints picture
dialect
speech w/ charecteristics of a certain region
dialogue
conversation between 2 characters, used to advance action
diction
writers choice of words
drama
a story that is acted for an audience
dramatic irony
type of irony where theres a contradiction between what a character thins and what the reader or audience knows to be true.
dramatic monolouge
a poem or speech in which a fictional character addresses the listener
epic
a long story with a larger than life hero. has the values of that society.
epic simile
also called a homeric simile, is an elaborate comparison of unlike subjects
epithet
descriptive phrase thats used to charecterize a person or thing
essay
short piece of nonfiction prose that examines a single subject
exposition
writing that explains, gives information, defines, or clarifies.
extended metaphor
a writer speaks or writes of a subject as though it were something else.
fable
brief story that teaches a moral about life.
fantasy
highly imaginative writing that contains elements not found in real life
farce
comedy that is ridiculous and often stereotypes chararcters in a far-fetched silly manner
fiction
prose writing that tells about imaginary characters and events.
figure of speech
word ir phrase that describes one thing in trerms of another and isnt meant to be understood on a literal level.
flashback
scene that interuppts the present action of the plot to look-back and tell what happened at an earlier time.
foil
charecter is used as a contrast to another character.
foot
grouping of 2 syllables or beats in the rhythmic measure of a poem.
foreshadowing
the use of clues to hint at events that will occur later in the plot
free verse
poetry that doesnt have a regualr meter or rhyme scheme.
genre
an established class or category of literature composition. the 3 major genres are poetry, prose, and drama
haiku
3 lined poem with 17 syabbles. hiaku seeks to convye a single vivid emotion by means of images
hyberbowl
a deliberate exagggeration used for emphasis
iambic pentameter
line of poetry that contains 4 iambs. an iamb consists of 2 beats, the first unstressed next stressed
imagery
concrete sensory impressions
inversion
reversal of the normal worder of a sentence
irony
contrast between whats expected and what really happens- between whats said and what is really meant
literal language
language that uses words in thier ordinary senses. its the opposite of figurative language.
lyric poetry
poetry that doesnt tell a sory but aims onyl at expresing a speakers thoughts or emotions.
metphor
figure of speech what makes a comparison between two unlike things w/o using the worsd like, as,than, or resembles.
meter
generally regualr pattern of stressed and unstresses sylablles in poetry
monologue
a speech by one character in a play, story, or poem
mood
readers feelings that is created while reading a literary work or passage
moral
lesson taught by a literary work
motivation
reason that explains or partially explains y a character thinks, feels, acts, or behaves in a certain way.
myth
fictional tale that explains the actions of gods or the causes of natural phenomena. have historical truth
narration
kind of writng or speaking that tells a story.
narrator
speaker or character who tells the truth
nonsiction
prose writing that deals with real people, events, and places.
novel
long fictional stroy; 100-500 pages long, contains plot, characters, setting, theme, and point of view
onamatnopoeia
use of a word whose sound imitates or suggest its meaingl; buzz, pop.. etc.
oral tradition
passing of songs, stories, and poems from generation to generation by mouth
paradox
statement that seems contradictory, but actually may be true.
personification
special kind of metaphor in which a non human thing or quality is talked about as if it were human.
persuaion
writing that aims at convincing the reader or listener to act or think in a certain way.
plot
series of related events that mkae up a story; elements: exposition. complications, climax, denuement
poetry
a kind of phythmic, compressed language that uses figures of speech and imagery designed to appeal to our emotions and imaginations; lyric, epic, ballad
point of view
vantage pointfrom which the writer has chosen to tell the story; first, second, and third person view.
prose
ordinary forms of language; major genre of literatre; fiction and nonfiction
protagonist
the main character
pun
play on the meaning of words
refrain
repeated word, prhase, line or group of lines.