Literary Terms - Quia

Literary Terms - Quia

Literary Terms Character A person or animal who takes part in the action of a literary work. Main character-the most important character in the story Character (cont.) Static a character that does not change and is

less developed. Dynamic a character that tends to change and is more complex. Flat/Stock a character that is a stereotype. - Ex. Fairy tale princess, dumb blonde, nerd, jock, Any more examples?? Round a character that comes across as a real person. Antagonist Protagonist

A character or force in conflict with a main character The main character in a literary work Conflict a struggle between opposing forces Internal conflict is one External conflict is when a character struggles against

that takes place within some outside force the mind of a character Individual vs. self Individual vs. Individual

Individual vs. Nature Individual vs. society Individual vs. Supernatural/Fate Individual vs. Technology Setting The time and place of the action Plot the sequence of events in a literary work

Exposition-introduces setting, characters, and the basic situation Initial Event-problem is introduced Rising action-events leading to climax Climax-high point of interest or suspense Falling action-events leading to the resolution Resolution-ending/solution to problem Theme A central message, concern, or purpose in

a literary work Mood The feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage Suspense A feeling of anxious uncertainty about the outcome of events in a

literary work Surprise Ending A conclusion that is unexpected Narrator A speaker or character who tells a story first person

third person third person omniscient Irony The general name given to literary techniques that involve surprising, interesting, or amusing contradictions

Moral A lesson taught by a literary work Motivation A reason that explains or partially explains a characters thoughts, feelings, actions, or speech

Point of View the perspective from which a story is told First person - Told by the narrator who is character in the story Third person (limited) - Told by a character or a narrator Third person omniscient all knowing and told by a character or the narrator Flashback Foreshadow

A section of a literary work that interrupts the sequence of events to relate an event to an earlier time The use of clues that suggest events that have yet to occur Authors Style

Sentence Structure - Lengthy with many details. - Compound and complex. Short and choppy, to the point Language Patterns - Dialect (yall) - Regional

terms (Soda, pop, coke) - Idioms Symbolism Sound elements Tone The authors attitude toward the characters, subject, or reader of a literary work The mood or atmosphere the authors attitude creates Ex. ( Serious, Enthusiastic, Solemn, Humorous,

Personal, Impersonal ) Any more examples? Dialect The form of a language spoken by people in a particular region or group (includes accent and word choices)

Dialogue A conversation between characters Characterization The act of creating and developing a character The way an author presents a character and reveals character traits Symbol

Anything that represents something else, often by indirect association of by the convention of an emblem, token, or word. Symbolism A powerful instrument for the expression of

large worlds of meaning in a few words. Sound Elements Can be found in poetry and prose Rhyme- recurring identical of similar final word sounds within of at the ends of lines of verse. Repetition Repeated use of sounds, words, or ideas for effect and emphasis. Rhythm the recurring pattern of strong and weak syllabic

stresses. Meter a fixed pattern of accented and unaccented syllables in lines of fixed length to create rhythm. Alliteration repetition of initial sounds ( she sells seashells by the seashore) Consonance repetition of final consonant sounds ( east, west) Other examples? Onomatopoeia the use of a word whose sounds suggests its meaning (buzz, zoom, bam, zap) Other examples?

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