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Literary Terms of the Day

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on 16 March 2016

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Transcript of Literary Terms of the Day

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writing which presents the mannerisms, dress, speech and customs of a particular geographical region.
Local Color:
Carpe diem:
A Latin term meaning "seize the day".

Round Character
Round Characters are fully developed by the author, are often complex personalities, and develop throughout the course of the story.
Flat Characters
Flat Characters not thoroughly developed by the author and generally not given many details. They do not change or grow throughout the course of the story.
Foreshadowing:
A literary device in which an author hints certain plot developments that perhaps will come to be later in the story.
Genre:
the term for any category of literature or other forms of art or entertainment, based on some set of stylistic criteria.
Examples:
Fiction
Nonfiction
Adventure
Comedy
Drama
Poetry
Onomatopoeia
A word that phonetically imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes.
Antagonist
a person or a group of people who oppose the main character(s)
Monologue
An extended speech given by one speaker.
Conflict
A struggle or clash between opposing characters or forces.
Soliloquy
A literary device used in a drama in which a character is alone and speaks his thoughts aloud.
A humorous or satirical imitation of a serious work of literature or writing.
Parody
Imagery
The use of vivid and descriptive language in literature.
Visual
Auditory
Olfactory
Gustatory
Tactile
Kinesthetic
Organic
Analogy
A comparison of two things based on their similarities.
Inference
A judgement based on reasoning rather than on direct or explicit statement.
Situational Irony
Pun
A play on words wherein a word is used to convey two meanings at the same time.
Oxymoron
In literature, a combination of contradictory terms.
Jumbo Shrimp
Propaganda
Information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm: a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.
Eulogy
A written or spoken tribute, especially one praising one who has died.
Dystopia
A fictional place or state, (often set in the future) in which society has become oppressive or frightening.
Deus Ex Machina
In a literary work, an unlikely character, event, or occurrence is presented which changes the course of the plot.
Catharsis
A release of emotional tension after a crisis that renews the spirit of a character.
Flashback
A literary or cinematic device in which an earlier event is inserted into the chronological order of the work, often through memories.
Exposition
The beginning of a story or play, which serves to introduce the characters and setting, and sometimes establish the conflict.
Narrator
The teller of a story
Dialect
a form of language that is spoken in a certain place or by a certain class of people
Simile
A comparison of two things using "like" or "as".
Allusion
A direct or indirect reference to something that is commonly known, such as a book, film, myth, place, or event.
Epiphany
An experience of sudden and striking realization
Metaphor
A comparison of two things without "like" or "as"
Anti-Hero
A protagonist who lacks some or all of the traditional heroic qualities.
Alliteration
The repetition of beginning word sounds in a sentence.
Assonance
The repetition of vowel sounds in a sentence.
Characterization
The process by which a character in a story is described for the benefit of the reader.
Hyperbole
Specific words or statements used to exaggerate or overemphasize a basic point in a sentence.
Tone
The author's attitude towards a character or scene... possibly bitter, playful, humorous, witty, sad, suspenseful, solemn, etc.
Verbal Irony
Is demonstrated when a person says or writes something and means another; eg. sarcasm.
Foil
A character who sets of the main character by comparison of traits.
Bandwagoning
To support something because it is popular
Allegory
Characters or events symbolize ideas or concepts
Character vs. Character
Character vs. Nature
Character vs. Society
Character vs. Self
4 Types:
Internal or External?
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