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antagonist
the force or person opposing the main character
character
person appearing in a literay work
characterazation
techniques an author uses to develop the personalities of fictional characters so that they seem believable
climax
the high point or turning point of the story. The author builds up to the climax through a series of complications
conflict
the struggle b/w people, ideas or forces in a story
dialogue
speech exchanged b/w characters in a literary work
dramatic irony
when the reader knows something that the characters do not know
epiphany
the moment when a character learns or realizes something- "light bulb"
exposition
the backround information about characters or events that have taken place b4 the opening of the story
first person point of view
story is told by a major or minor character
flashback
device by which an author interperrupts the logical time sequence of a story to relate an episode that occurred prior to the opening situation
foil characters
characters whose personalities directly oppose eachother for the purpose of emphasis by contrast
foreshadowing
hints or clues, a shadow of things to come; stimulates interest and suspense
irony
the difference b/w what is stated and what is really meant
mood
prevailing feeling of literary work
narrator
the one who tells the story. May be a major or minor character or an observer of the action
plot
the arrangement of incidents, details and elements of conflict in a story; the action
point of view
the vantage point from which the story is told
protagonist
main character
setting
time and place of a story
situation irony
when there is a difference between the expected outcome and the actual outcome
suspense
the feeling of cuiosity, uncertainty, or anxiety that is created in the reader by events or complications- makes the reader ask what will happen next
symbol
person place event or object that has meaning in itself, such as a quality an attitude, belief or value
theme
the main idea of a literary work; the general truth behind the story of a particular individual in a particular situtation. The theme is implied, rather than stated
third person point of view
story is told by an observer of the action
tone
the attitude of the writer toward his or her subject, characters and readers
verbal irony
a character says one thing, but means something entirely different