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allusion
reference to a person place or event from literature or history
protagonist
person who drives the action or expresses a want
antagonist
a person or thing who is in the way of what the protagonist wants
setting
time and place of story
direct characterization
author tells directly what the character is or looks like
indirect characterization
use own judgement what a character is or looks like
static chracter
person who doesn't change much at the end of the story
dynamic character
person who changes at the end of the story
diction
writer's choice of words
syntax
author's choice of grammar
connotation
all the meanings a word suggests
denotation
dictionary meaning of a word
details
pieces of info (why does the author give us this info)
foil
chracter who is used as a contrast to another chracter
parallelism
repetion of words, phrases, or sentences who have grammatical structure
figurative launguage
word/phase that describes one thing in terms of another and is not meant to be understood on a literal level
metaphor
literal meaning
simile
figurative meaning of a word
symbol
person, place, thing or event that stands for itself and for something beyond itself
personification
gives a nonhuman thing a human like quality
archetype
universal symbols or patterns
foreshadowing
use of clues to hint at events that will occur later in the plot
imagery
language that appeals to the senses
irony
contrast between expectation and reality
situational irony
unexpected twist
dramatic irony
occurs when audience knows something that a character doesnt know
verbal irony
writer/speaker says one thing but really means something different
point of view
vantage point from which writer tells the story
1st person
one of hte chracters is actually telling the story
3rd person limited
narrator plays no part in story zooms in on thoughts and feelings of just one character
3rd person omniscient
person telling the story knows everything
plot
series of related events that make up a story/drama
subplot
secondary storyline
theme
central idea of a work of literature
tone
attitude a writer takes toward the audience