Literary Terms25 cards

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Antagonist

A person or force which opposes the protagonist in a literary work.

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Autobiography

The story of a person's life written by himself or herself.

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Biography

The story of a person's life written by someone other than the subject of the work.

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Character

A person, or any thing presented as a person, e.g., a spirit, object, animal, or natural force, in a literary work.

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Characterization

The method a writer uses to reveal the personality of a character in literary work: Methods may include (1) by what the character says about himself or herself. (2) by what others reveal about the character; and (3) by the character's own actions.

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Conflict

In the plot of a drama, conflict occurs when the protagonist is opposed by some person or force in the play.

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Connotation

The connotation of a word is its emotional content.

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Denotation

The denotation of a word is its dictionary definition.

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Dialogue

A reciprocal conversation between two or more persons.

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Diction

An author's choice of words.

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Exposition

The presentation of essential information regarding what has occurred prior to the beginning of the work.

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Foreshadowing

in drama, a method used to build suspense by providing hints of what is to come.

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Imagery

A word or group of words in a literary work which appeal to one or more of the senses: sight, taste, touch, hearing, and smell.

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Metaphor

A figure of speech wherein a comparison is made between two unlike quantities without the use of the words "like" or "as".

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Mood

The atmosphere or feeling created by literary work, partly by a description of the objects or by the style of the description.

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Point of View

A piece of literature contains a speaker who is speaking either in FIRST PERSON, telling things from his or her own perspective, or in THIRD PERSON, telling things from the perspective of an onlooker.

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Protagonist

The hero or central character of a literary device.

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Simile

A figure os speech which takes the form of a comparison between two unlike things.

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Symbolism

A device in literature where an object represents an idea.

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Theme

The theme provides an answer to the question WHAT IS THE WORK ABOUT?

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Tone

The tone expresses the author's attitude toward his or her subject.

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Context Clues

Hints that the author gives to help define a difficult or unusual word. The clue may appear within the same sentence as the word which it refers, or it may be in a preceding or subsequent sentence.

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Figuratively v. Literal Meaning

Figurative is not actual. The literal meaning is the actual meaning.

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MLA Format for book, one author

Last Name, First Name. Title of the story(Underlined). PLace of Publications: Company Name, Year

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Title of: Short Story Long Story

Quotation Marks Underline