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anecdote
very brief account of a particular incident.
(commonly used in biographies and autobiographies)
dramatic irony
when the reader or audience knows something important that a character does not know
irony
contrast or discrepancy between expectation and reality
direct characterization
writer tells us directly what the character is like
blank verse
poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
atmosphere
mood or feeling in a work of literature
external conflict
a character struggles against an outside force
flat character
has only one or two personality traits and can be summed up in a single phrase
dynamic character
changes in some important ways as a result of the story's action
static character
does not change much in the course of the story.
dialect
way of speaking that is characteristic of a particular region or group of people
internal conflict
a struggle between opposing needs, desires, or emotions within a single character
allusion
reference to a statement, a person, a place, or an event from literature, history, religion, myth, politics, sports, science, or the arts
conflict
struggle or clash between opposing characters, forces, or emotions
imagery
language that appeals to the senses, smell, sound, touch, and taste
flashback
scene in a movie, play,short story, novel, or narrative poem that interrupts the present action of the plot to show events that happened at an earlier time.
indirect characterization
reader has to put the clues together to figure out what a character is like
free verse
poetry that does not have a regular meter or rhyme scheme
foreshadowing
the use of clues to hint at events that will occur later in the plot (arouses readers curiosity and increases suspense)
hyperbole
figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion or create a comic effect.
situational irony
what actually happens is the opposite of what is expected or appropriate
verbal irony
a speaker says one thing but means the opposite
metaphor
figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things without using like or as
connotations
all the meanings, associations, or emotions that a word suggests
assonance
repetition of similar vowel sounds followed by different consonant sounds in words that are close together.
ex.I lie down by the side, of my darling, my darling, my life, my bride. E. A. POE
onomatopeia
use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning
round characters
are complex and have many different traits
alliteration
repetition of the same or similar consonant sounds in words that are close together.
ex. Where the quail is whistling betwix the woods and the wheat-lot.
anachronism
event or detail that is inappropriate for the time period
character
individual in a story, poem, or play. (always has human traits even if it is an animal)