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36 Cards in this Set

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A story or poem in which characters, settings, and events stand for other people or events or abstract ideas or qualities.
A reference to someone or something that is known from history, literature, religion, politics, sports, science, or some other branch of culture.
A comparison made between two things to show how they are alike
The opponent who struggles against or blocks the protagonist in a story.
A technique by which a writer addresses an inanimate object, an idea, or a person who is either dead or absent.
An individual in a story or play.
The process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character.
Direct Characterization
The writer tells us, directly, what the character is like, ie snobby, smart, etc. The reader does not have to infer.
Indirect Characterization
The reader has to use their own judgment, putting clues together, to infer what a character is like. The author may put the character in a situation and the reader will have to decide on the personality of the character based on the way they react to the situation or their role in the situation.
Static Character
A character who doesn't change throughout the course of the story.
Dynamic Character
A character who, as a result of the stories actions, changes, ie grows more mature, changes opinion, etc.
Flat Character
Characters that have few personality traits and can be summed up in a single phrase, ie, the loyal sidekick or the baffoon.
Round Characters
Characters that have more than one dimension to their personalities, well rounded characters. They are complex, like real people.
hat point in a plot that creates the greatest intensity, suspense, or interest. The turning point of the action.
A story that ends with a happy resolution of the conflicts faced by the main characters.
The dictionary definition of a word.
the associations and emotional overtones that have become attached to a word or phrase, in addition to its strict dictionary definition.
Double Entendre
A pun with two meanings, one clean and one bawdy.
A speaker or writer's choice of words.
A ghostly counterpart of a living person or someone who acts like the characters double in the story.
The conclusion or resolution of a story.
One of the four major forms of discourse, in which something is explained or "set forth."
A scene that interrupts the normal chronological sequence of events in a story to depict something that happened at an earlier time.
A minor character who acts as a contract to another character.
The use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot.
"In Medias Res"
A literary technique in which the narrative strarts in the middle of the story instead of the beginning.
The reversal of the normal word order in a sentence or phrase.
Verbal Irony
Verbal irony occurs when someone says one thing but really means something else.
Situational Irony
Situational irony takes place when there is a discrepancy between what is expected to happen, or what would be appropriate to happen, and what really does happen.
Dramatic Irony
Dramatic irony usually takes place on stage, and the audience knows something the character doesn't know or knows the opposite of.
A relatively short story that teaches a moral, or lesson, about how to lead a good life. There are many in the Bible.
A statement that appears self-contradictory but reveals a kind of truth.
A work that makes fun of another work by imitating some aspect of the writers style.
The series of related events in a story or play, sometimes called the story line.
Tells us who the characters are and introduces their conflicts.
Arise as the story