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Allegory
Symbolic narrative in which characters have no individual personality, but embody moral qualities and abstractions
Alliteration
Repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of a word
Protagonist
Main character of a literary work
Antagonist
Character or force against which another character struggles
Assonance
Repetition of similar vowel sound in a sentence of prose or poetry
Characterization
The means by which an author presents and reveals characters: speech, dress, dialogue, manners
Narrator
Voice and implied speaker of a fictional work
Personification
Endowment of animals or things with human or living qualities
Connotation
Associations beyond dictionary meaning
Apostrophe
Figure of speech in which an absent person or abstraction is addressed as they being present
Metaphor
Figure of speech where two unlike things are compared without the use of "as" or "like"
Simile
Figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared using "as" or "like"
Hyperbole
Figure of speech involving exaggeration
Synecdoche
Figure of speech in which a part is substituted for the whole
Understatement
Figure of speech in which author says less than he or she means
Metonymy
Figure of speech in which an attribute or closely related term is substituted for an object or an idea (ex: "Loyal to the Crown.")
Litote
Figure of speech indicating negative of opposite (ex: "not many")
Antithesis
Figure of speech containing two seemingly contradictory ideas within a balanced grammatical structure emphasized by parallelism
Denotation
Dictionary meaning of a word
Figurative language
Language that conveys something other than the literal meaning of the words
Literal language
Language that conveys exactly what the author means
Subject
What a play or story is about
Plot
Unified structure of events in a literary work
Theme
The idea of literary work extracted from its details of language, character, and action
Point of view
Angle or vision from which a story is narrated
Exposition
First stage of a plot in which background information is provided
Complication
Intensification of conflict in a story
Climax
Turning point of action in a plot; greatest point of tension
Reversal
Point in plot when action goes in an unexpected direction
Foreshadowing
Hints as to what is to come in a plot
Falling action
Point in a story after climax, moving toward denouement
Denouement
Resolution of a plot
Recognition
Point at which character understands his or her situation
Flashback
Interruption of a literary work's chronology to describe or present an incident that occurred priort to the timeframe of the work's action
Resolution
Sorting out of the plot and ending of a play
Round character
A character that may change and is realistic (usually a major character)
Flat character
Minor character that is defined more by audience's perconceptions, does not change