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35 Cards in this Set

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repetition of the same or similar consonant sounds in words that are close together
a casual reference to a famous historical or literary figure
the character or force that blocks the protagonist
Dynamic Character
a character who changes significantly in the story
Static Character
a character who does not change
the moment of highest intensity and interest; the most exciting part
the struggle or clash between opposing characters, forces, or emotions
External Conflict
a character’s struggle against an outside force, which may be another character, society, nature, machine, etc.
Internal Conflict
a struggle between opposing needs, desires, or emotions within a single character
the use of clues to hint at events that will occur later in the story
figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion or to create a comic effect
(I'm so hungry I could eat a horse)
language in writing that appeals to the senses
contrast or discrepancy between expectation and reality
Dramatic Irony
when the reader or audience knows something important that the character does not know
(remember Jerry Springer)
Situational Irony
when the outcome is the opposite of expectations
Verbal Irony
when a person says the opposite of what is meant, like sarcasm
figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things without using like or as
(You are a doughnut fresh from the baker's oven)
atmosphere, the feeling created in the reader
Use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning (ex. buzz, hiss)
figure of speech in which two contradictory words or phrases are combined in a single expression (ex. jumbo shrimp, pretty ugly)
a type of metaphor; a nonhuman thing or quality is talked about as if it were human (my English binder died – the binder really could not “die”)
series of related events that make up a story or drama
Point of View
vantage point or perspective from which a story is told
First-person POV
narrator is a character in the story. Reader hears and sees ONLY what the narrator hears and sees
Third-person limited POV
narrator plays no part in the story but zooms in on the thoughts and feelings of only one character
Third-person objective POV
described as the eye of the camera or and fly on the wall PWV; narrator only tells the events of the story (“just the facts”)
Third-person omniscient POV
narrator plays no part in the story but can tell us what more than one character is thinking and feeling, as well as what is happening in other places
the main character
the final outcome of the conflict; it comes at the end of the story after the climax
time and place of the story or play
comparison using like, as, or than
a character who is not developed as an individual with strengths and weaknesses, but instead is a representative of a group with a set of characteristics
person, place, thing, or event that stands for both itself and something beyond itself
(the American flag is a symbol of freedom; a waterfall is a symbol of calmness)
the central idea or insight revealed by a work of literature; may be stated or implied
the attitude a writer takes toward the reader, subject, or a character