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Archetype
An idea or story that everyone knows.
Symbolism
When one thing stands for something else.
Epic characteristics
Vast setting, supernatural elements, objective author, elevated style, known hero, hero with superhuman powers.
Epic hero
Doer of deeds, great guy, known, noble, mysterious origins, goes through rite of passage, achieves destiny.
Freytag's pyramid sections
Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution.
Indirect characterization
One must infer characteristics.
Direct characterization
The author says exactly what someone is like.
1st person point of view
Narrator participates in the story.
3rd Person point of view (omniscient)
Narrator does not participate; knows everything; knows thoughts of all characters.
Theme
The message the reader infers from a story.
Hook
The attention-grabbing beginning of the story.
3rd Person point of view (objective)
Author knows nothing about the characters' thoughts; does not participate.
Homeric Question
Who wrote The Iliad and The Odyssey?
Homeric Hero
Has honor, does good things, is favored by gods.
In medias res
In the middle of things.
Metaphor
A comparison that does NOT use "like" or "as."
Simile
A comparison that uses "like" or "as."
Epithet
A tagline that describes or characterizes someone or something.
Greek tragedy vs. Greek comedy
Tragedy ended negative; comedy ended positive, usually with a wedding.
Personification
Adding human characteristics to an inhuman object.
Stasimon
A song sung by the chorus during a play to recap what happened.
Episode
A dialogue between two or more characters.
Chorus
A group of people who sang songs to recap.