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20 Cards in this Set

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direct characterization
when the writer states the character's personality
indirect characterization
when the writer reveals the character's personality through their description, thoughts and words spoken
the central character in the story; usually the one the reader sympathesizes with
the character or force that opposes the protagonist
static character
a character who doesn't change or changes very little
dynamic character
a character who changes significantly as a result of events or conflict in a story
situational irony
when something happens that directly contradicts the expectations of the characters or audience
verbal irony
when something contradictory is said by a character
dramatic irony
when the audience is aware of something that the characters are not
when a person, place or thing or event that has meaning in itself and stands for something beyond itself as well
point of view
the vantage point from which the story is told
first person narrator
the narrator is a character in the story who tells the story as he/she experiences it
3rd person limited narrator
the narrator is an outside observer, not a character in the story; only reveals one character's thoughts and feelings
3rd person ominiscient narrator
the narrator is outside observer, not a character;reveals thought & feelings of two or more characters
the overall feeling or attitude a writer takes toward a work of literature
the use of clues or hints to suggest events that will occur later in the plot
language that appeals to the senses
when an object or animal is spoken of as if it had human feelings, thoughts or attitudes
a comparison between two unlike things in which one thing is said to be another
a comparison between two unlike things, using a word such as: like, as, than or resembles