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Allegory
a more or less symbolic fictional narrative that conveys a second meaning not explicit in the narrative, where characters and events have a one to one correlation to the thing being allegorized and often bear descriptive names, such as "Christian" or "Faith."
Subjectivity
characteristics of autobiography ex. James Joyce "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"
Realism
attempt to give the illusion of ordinary life
Surrealism
1924 under Andre Breton - expresses thought uncontrolled by reason and aesthetic and moral concepts
Existentialism
Kierkegaard (1813-1855), popularized by Sartre - emphasizes freedom and importance of individual "existence" and personality and distrusts idealism; man determines his own destiny by the choices he makes
Protagonist
the leading character in a Greek drama (or other form)
Antagonist
a character who opposes or actively competes with the protagonist
Flat character
a one-dimensional, stereotypical character
Static character
a character who does not change throughout the novel
Round character
a developed character whose many sides are shown
Dynamic character
a character who grows and changes throughout the novel
Foreshadowing
a hint that prepares readers for what occurs later in the work
In medias res
"in the middle of things"; how epics begin
Dramatic irony
has one meaning for the character, another for the audience
Epigraph
an apposite quotation at the beginning of a book
Pathos
feeling of sympathy aroused by literature
Bathos
when an author striving for elevation fails
Sensibility
the collection of thoughts, feelings, and assumptions characteristic of an age
Encomium
warm or glorious praise
Didactic
intended to convey moral instruction and/or information