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direct characterization
information stated about a character directly. perhaps hair color, height, weight, or info about their intelligence
Exposition
within the plot it introduces the characters, conflict, theme and setting of the story.
indirect characterization
the information stated about a character indirectly. author shows the character in action and the reader must infer or come to a conclusion about what the character is like.
Rising action
within the plot the rising action is the development of the conflict.
flat character
character that only has one trait. the character does not grow, may also be static
simile
a figure of speech in which like or as is used to make a comparison between two unlike ideas.
Plot
the sequence of events in a story. made up of- exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution
climax
the most intense part of the story
round character
character that has many different traits. this character will grow and develop during the story.
iambic pentameter
5 sets of unstressed then stressed syllables with end rhyme.
Setting
The theme and place of the action. used to set the mood.
Falling action
the sharp decline of the conflict after the climax and is a set up for the resolution.
Antagonist
the major character who opposes the protagonist. typically they may be classified as evil.
metaphor
a figure of speech in which one thing is spoken of as though it were something else. does not use like or as.
alliteration
the repetition of initial consenent sounds. used to give emphasis to words, to imitate sounds, and to create musical effects.
onomatopoeia
the use of words that imitate sounds.
aside
a few lines in which a character expresses inner thoughts.
epilogue
final summation by a main character in the play. they might review the events in the play or address the audience in some way as to say thank you or think about what just happened.
blank verse
5 sets of unstressed then stressed syllables with no end rhyme.
allegory
a story with multiple levels of meaning
satire
a humorous story designed to inspire change.
Fable
story about animals with a moral.
Theme
central message that the author wants the reader to know. generalization about man or about life.
Resolution
the end of the central conflict
protagonist
the hero of the story. the main character who will typically grow during the story.
personification
type of figurative language in which nonhuman subjects are given human characteristics
foil
the contrasting of one character to another so the personality characteristics can be better shown in both or just one character.
hyperbole
is a conscious exaggeration without the intent of literal interpretation.
mood
the feeling created in the reader. often suggested by descriptive details. this can be established in the continual description of the setting.
monologue
a speech directed to other characters
prologue
said by a chorus memeber and will give a basic overview of what will happen: characters, basic plot, conflict.
Foreshadowing
a hint of future events.
tradegy
the death of a character because of fate, choice or circumstances beyond their control.