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A reason that explains or partially explains why a character thinks, feels., acts, or behaves in a certain way.
Motivation
The passing of songs, stories, and poems from generation to generation by word of mouth.
Oraltradition
A figure of speech in which "like" or "as" is used to make a comparision.
Simile
THe use of any element of language more than once.
Repetition
A central message or insight into life revealed through the literary work.
Theme
Notes included in drama to discribe how the work is to be formed on stage.
Stage Directions
The main character in literary work.
Protagonist
A fictional tale that explains the actionds of gods or the cause of natural phenomena.
Myth
A category or type of literature.
Genre
A figure of speech in which one thing is spoken of as though it were something else.
Metaphor
A foot with two stong stresses as in the word "spacewalk".
Spondee
A long narrative poem about the deeds of gods or heros.
Epic
Prose writing that tells about imaginary characters and events.
Fiction
A struggle between opposing characters.
Conflict.
A word's dictonary meaning, independent of other associations that the word may have.
Denotation
Word choice.
Diction
A pair of rhyming lines, usually of the same length and meter.
Couplet
The set of ideas associated with a word in addition to its explicit meaning.
Connotation
The feeling created in the reader by a literary word or passage.
Mood
Any events that occur after the resoultion.
Denouement
A long work of fiction with a plot that explores characters in conflict.
Novel
A poem that tells a story.
Narrative poem
The time and place of the story.
Seting
A work of literature, especially a play, that results in a catastrophe for the main character.
Tragedy
A formal division of lines in apoem, considered as a unit.
Stanza
A feeling or curiosity or uncertainty about the outcome of events in literary work.
Suspense
Prose writing that presents and expains ideas ot that tells about real people, places, objects, or events.
Nonfiction
The sequence of events in a litarty work.
Plot
Highly imaginative writing that contains elements not found in real life.
Fantasy
The repetition of vowel sounds followed by different consonants.
Assonanace