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Alliteration
A repeated consonant sound at the beginning of nearby words.
Allusion
Reference to events or characters from history.
Analogy
A comparison between two things that are unlike.
Antagonist
The major character opposing the hero.
Atmosphere
The overall emotional impression created in the story.
Characters
The fictional people who are involved in the story's plot.
Climax
A decisive moment in the conflict of the story. Highest intersest.
Connotation
A word's implied meaning.
Conflict
The force that moves the plot along and the struggles in which the characters are involved.
Denouement
The final outcome and clarification of the conflict.
Denotation
The exact dictionary meaning of a word or phrase.
Diction
The author's choice of words.
Drama
A work of literature written to be preformed before an audience.
Dramatic Irony
The audience knows something the character on stage doesn't.
Dynamic Character
A character who grows or develops in the work.
Essay
A short piece of writing on a subject or theme which expresses a specific point of view.
Flashback
A presentation on an event that happened earlier that helps explain the story.
Foreshadowing
Clues that hint at what is going to happen later in the plot.
Hyperbole
An exaggeration or overstatement for effect.
Understatement
Pharase using less force than is warranted.
Imagery
Language that creates pictures in a reader's mind to bring life to the experiences and feelings described in a pieve of writing.
Verbal Irony
A form of speech in which the actual intent is expressed in words that carry opposite meaning.
Legend
A story handed down orally from an early time.
Metaphor
A comparison that doesn't use "Like" or "As."
Mood
The predominant atmosphere of a work.
Meter
Poetry line length and structure.
Myth
A Story told by people in ancient times to explain life and nature.
Onomatopoeia
The sound of the word resembles its meaning.
Oxymoron
A phrase that uses two contradictory terms.
Paradox
Something that tugs at the heart's strings. Sympathy.
Pathetic Fallacy
The mood of the writer is complimented by the weather.
Personification
Human qualities added to to show intensity of feelings.
Plot
The series of events that produces the story.
Point of View
The vantage point of which the narrator tells the story.
Protagonist
The main character
Purpose
The reason for a specific piece of writing.
Satire
Sacrasm and humore to criticize or make fun of people's foolish actions, laws, or policies. Irony.
Setting
The time, place, and location of the story. Creates mood.
Simile
A comparison between two unline things using like, as, or than.
Static Character
Character who remains unchanged.
Symbol
A person, place, thing, or event that stands for something else.
Syntax
Arrangement of words into phrases and sentences.
Theme
The central ideas about life that emerges from literature.