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climax
high point of tension or excitement in the story; turning point
stanza
a formal division of line in a poem, considered as a unit
aside
short speech in which a character "talks under his breath" to reveal his thoughts
protagonist
main character
epic
narrative poem about the deeds of gods and heroes
couplet
a pair of rhyming lines
onomatopoeia
use of words that imitate sounds
metaphor
comparison of 2 unlike things without using like or as (one thing is another thing)
allusion
reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art
simile
comparison of 2 like things using like or as
setting
time and place of action
monlogue
long speech by one character in a play while others are present
antagonist
character who causes conflict for the protagonist
tragedy
a work of literature that results in catastrophe for the main character
sonnet
a 14 line lyric poem
assonance
repetition of vowel sounds
soliloquy
long speech expressing the thoughts of a character alone on the stage
conflict
a struggle between opposing forces
foreshadowing
clues that suggest events that have yet to occur
hyperbole
extreme exaggeration
iambic pentameter
line of poetry made up of five unstressed syllables, each flowed by a stressed syllable
3rd person omniscient
type of narration in which the person telling the story is outside the story and knows all
dialogue
conversation between characters
static character
character who stays the same
1st person
type of narration in which the person telling the story is a character in the story
surprise ending
conclusion that violates the expectations of the reader but in a way that is both logical and believable
round
character with multiple traits
symbol
Anything that stands for, or represents , something else. An object that serves as a symbol has its own meaning, but it also represents abstract ideas.
flat character
character with only one trait
blank verse
poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter lines
suspense
feeling of curiosity or uncertainty about the outcome of events in a literary work
3rd person limited
type of narration in which the person telling the story is outside the story but only knows the the thoughts of one character
consonance
repetition of consonant sounds
theme
central lesson or insight about life
tragic hero
tragic flaw, or weakness, in the character causes catastrophe for themselves
prose
ordinary form of written language
rhyme
repetition of sounds at the ends of words
alliteration
repetition of initial consonant sounds
meter
rhythmical pattern of a poem, the pattern is determined by the number and types of stresses, or beats, in each line
personification
nonhuman subject is given human characteristics
imagery
descriptive or figurative language used in literature to create word pictures for readers
dynamic character
one who changes significantly during the course of the story
3rd person objective
"fly on the wall", tells a story without detailing any characters' thoughts
second person
"you" replaces "I"