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Plot
the author's selection of arangement of incidents in a story to shape the actions and give the story focus (what happens and why)
Point of View
the way the events in a story are conveyed to the reader
First Person
when it is written using I, Me, We (the narrator is also a character in the story)
Third Person Omniscient
the narrator can get into every characters thoughts
Conflict
the main problem
Setting
time, place, and physical details
Theme
common thread or repeated idea seen throughout a work of lit. often deep, difficult to understand
Personification
attributing buman qualities to non-human objects, animals, ideas etc...
Tone
the author's implict attitude towards the reader, events, of the novel, characterists, etc...
Metaphor
Direct comparison of two thing saying one is unlike the other
Simile
a direct comparison of two things (unlike) using like or as
Irony
how a person, situation, statement or circumstance is not how it seems or the exact opposite of what appears
symbolism
the use of a work or object to stand for as idea or theme
motif
a reoccuring object (squril in ice age)
allusion
a refrence to a previous work of literature with in a work or literature
flashback
a break in the narrative order to inform readers of something that happened prior to the beginning of the novel
climax
the most exciting point of the story (what the rising action leads up to)
connotation
feeling or association that a word invokes
protagonist
the main character; the one we cheer for
antagonist
the one in conflict with the main character
foreshadowing
a "hint" about something that has yet to happen
hyperbole
extreme exaggeration for effect
foil
a character that is used to accentuate/emphasize the personality traits of another character
parallelism
a repetition of a sentence using the same structure
synonyms
different words with similar meanings
antonyms
words with opposite meanings
genre
a grouping of literary works through the time in which they were written, their style
allegory
a story illustrating a moral principal in which objects take on symbolic meaning
parody
a literary work that imitates another literary work through exaggeration of its style, meaning etc...
imagery
writing that appeals to the sences
Archetype
a basic plot, character or symbol or idea that recurs in the literature of many cultures
In Medias Res
in the middle of things