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Alliteration
The repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of two ore more words
Allusion
A reference to a well known work of literature
Antagonist
enemy
Aside
a remark spoken in an undertone by a charater in a play that is heard by audience but not the other character

an actors speech thats only heard by the audience.
Assonance
The repetition of vowel sounds within two or more words
Blank Verse
Any verse comprised of unrhymed lines all in the same meter
Character
A person or animal who takes part in the action of a work in lit
Round character
a character who displays many different aspects to his/her character
Flat Character
two-dimensional character who represents a single quality
Static Character
a character who does not display important changes in teh course of the story
Characterization
the techniques a writer uses to create and develop a character
Climax
the turning point in the plot of a work
Conflict
the struggle between opposing forces that is the basis plot a story
External conflict
Occurs between a character and a force of nature between two characters, or between a character and a society
Internal conflict
Occurs when a character sturggles withing himself--to make a decision
Consonance
the reptition of consosnat sounds withing and at the end of words
Couplet
a pair of lines of poetry that are rhymed
Drama
Literature that is meant to be performed for an audience
Epic
Long,narrative poem that tells the adventures of a hero
Exposition
part of plot that introduces character and setting, gives background
Falling Action
occurs after climax, shows the effect of the climax--end in the resolution
Fiction
writing that comes from imagination
Foreshadowing
techinque that hints what will happen later in story
local color
use of regional dialects, characters, and setting
Genre
distinct type of literature
Hubris
Overbearing pride or arrogance leading to the downfall of a character
Iambic pentameter
rhythmical pattern of syllables in which the rhythm goes from an unstressed to stressed
imagery
words and phrases that appeal to the reader's sense
Irony
the contrast between what is expected and what actually exists or happens
Metaphor
figure of speech that compares two things without using like or as
Meter
the regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry
Mood
the feeling that the writer wants the reader to get from a work of lit.
Myth
a traditional story, usually involving magic or supernaturals
narrator
the teller of the story
Non-fiction
Prose writing about real people, places, things and ideas.
Onomatopoeia
the use of words which imitate sounds
Paradox
A statement that seems to contradict itself
Personification
a figure of speech in which human qualities are attributed to an object, idea, or animal
Plot
sequence of actions and events in a literary work
Point of view
the perspective from which a story is told
first person
the narrator tells the story
third person limited
narrator tells only what ONE character sees, thinks, feels
Third person omniscient
Narrator sees into the minds of all characters
Protagonist
the central character
Resolution
Final part of the plot, explains how the conflict is resolved
Rhyme scheme
the pattern of rhyme within a poem
Rising action
the second part of a literary work, conflict becomes obvious
Setting
time and place in which action is occured
Similie.Standard
a comparison of two things using like or as
Simile. Homeric/heroic
a long comparison that continues for a number of lines
Soliloquy
a character talks to himself and reveals his thoughts without addressing a listener