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Literary Terms

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Transcript of Literary Terms

The theme in my book "A Series of Unfortunate Events" I felt was the bond between the the three orphans can always hold together any unfortunate events. The siblings are very close and seek help when needed to each other. The theme also made me think that bad situations can happen to good people too.
Theme
Dynamic
Character changes as a result of the events in the story
Round
A major character in a work of fiction who encounters conflict and is changed by it. They tend to be more fully developed than static character.
Antagonist
The opponent or enemy of the main character.
Static
This character changes very little or not at all through the literary.
Flat
A minor character in a work of fiction who does not undergo substantial change or growth in the course of a story.
Protagonist
The main or central character of a work of literature.
Literary Terms
"'I smelled smoke,' he said, 'and when I opened the door of the Reptile Room, I saw someone had thrown a torch through the glass of the ceiling'" Pg 170
"'We could take her prisoner,' Quigley said." pg 247
The dynamic character in my book I would say is Quigley. He wasn't exactly a new character but someone who appeared in the middle of the story. But still had a strong internal change. Quigley wanted to capture the girlfriend of the antagonist because they were holding Sunny captive. Also the ones who burned down their parents house. But the reason I think he changed was that he was trying to use the same concept as the villains. Again even though it was for a good reason it was not the right thing to do. Although Violet and Klaus eventually decided it was the wrong thing to do.
"'I guess you're right,' Violet said. 'You're not a baby. But be careful, it's still quite dangerous'" pg 229

Theme is a story's main message or moral.
"The only comforting thing that Klaus could see was his sister, who was looking around the caravan with a fierce and thoughtful expression" Pg 6
Sunny is the youngest of the orphans and she realizes shes old enough to take care of herself. Especially through the conflict of being captured by Olaf.
Flashback
A flashback is a scene in a story that occurred before the prent time in the story. Supporting background information of an event.
"'I was in my family's library studying a map of the Finite Forest, when I heard a shattering of the glass and people shouting. My mother ran into the room and said there was a fire'" pg 159
There was a scene in the story where Quigley was explaining to the older orphans how he survived the fire and what he had done after the death of his parents.
Alliteration
Setting
Mood
Imagery
Pov
Conflict
Metaphor
Similie
Onomatopoeia
Symbol
Tone
Foreshadowing
External
Internal
When a character struggles against some outside force, such as another character, nature, society, or fate.
This conflict exists with in the mind of a character who is torn between different courses of action.
When two or more words in a group of words begin with the same sound.
The perspective or vantage point, from which a story us told.
Words of phrases that appeal to one or more of the 5 senses.
The emotion the author wanted the reader to feel while reading about the subject.
The time and place of that action in the story which includes all details of the place.
The comparision of two unlike things to illuminate a particular quality or aspect of one of those things.
When two unlike things are compared using like or as.
The use of words that suggest their meaning.
An object, setting, event, animal, or person that on one level is itself, but that has another meaning as well.
The authors attitude toward the subject matter or toward the reader or audience.
"'Poor Baudelaires,' Count Olaf said mockingly. 'You might as well give up. You're hopelessly outnumbered.'" Pg 319
Olaf is the Antagonist in my story the enemy of the Baudelaires orphans the protagonists.
"'We have comrades, too,' Violet said bravely. 'As soon as we rescue Sunny, we're going to meet up with the other volunteers, and tell them about your terrible scheme!'
'It's too late for that,' said Count Olaf in triumph." Pg 298
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are the three main protagonists and they are in conflict with Olaf.
"'Count Olaf loves Esmé Squalor,' Violet said. 'If we were holding Esmé Squalor prisoner, we could arrange a trade.'" pg 247
Esmé is the flat character in this specific book of the series because she is only but a companion of Olaf and was not an important character.
"'Throw the baby off this mountain!'
'No,' said the one of the white-faced women,
'No?' asked Esmé Squalor in an astonished voice.
'We don't want to participate in your schemes anymore,' said the other white-faced woman and sighed. " Pg 303
Olaf's comrades I felt were the static characters because in the beginning they were here to help Olaf's scheme but in the end they decided to do the right thing. Not a big change but a little.
"'We'll burn down every single one of their parents home,' The two Baudelaires shuddered." Pg 297
The external conflict is Man vs Man between the orphans and Olaf.
"'If were holding Esmé Squalor prisoner we could arrange a trade,' Taking someone prisoner, of course, is a villainous thing to do, even if you have a very good reason for thinking of doing it." Pg 247
The orphans are trying to decide if they should either capture Esmé or whether they should do the right thing and stop what they're doing.
"If you have read this far in the Baudelaires' woeful story, then you will not be surprised to learn that the V.F.D headquarters in the Valley of Four Drafts in the Mortmain Mountains was no more," Pg 149
Mortmain Mountains is the alliteration I found, two words starting with the same letter. A lot of the other alliteration was found in the names of areas.
"Violet and Klaus looked, and saw that there was a hole in the ceiling, big enough for a person to crawl through. 'A chimney,' Klaus murmured.
Pg 92
The Pov is 3rd Person Objective because the narrator reports what is seen or heard, but cannot tell the reader what the characters are thinking.
"'It smells like dill,' Klaus said, 'and it's quite crisp, as if it were picked yesterday.'" Pg 200
The characters are thinking of very fresh dill as it was stated that it was crisp as if it were picked yesterday.
"'Oh ,' Violet said quietly. By 'Oh,' Violet was also trying to describe her sadness about all the fires that ad brought Quigley and Klaus and herself here to the Mortmain Mountains.' Pg 171
As you read this story you had the feeling of sadness of all the unfortunate occurring events. And a little bit of suspense from Count Olaf's scheme.
"Extending from the highest peak in the Mortmain Mountains was a glittering white strip, like an enormous piece of shiny paper folded downward. Sunny watched the very last rays of the sunset reflect off this enormous surface." pg 60
The main setting in my story was the Mortmain Mountains. This was the setting where Sunny was being held captive and the older orphans were trying to rescue Sunny.
"Tines of the fork are almost as sharp as Sunny's teeth."
Pg 195
The author is comparing the sharpness of the forks to Sunny's teeth by using the word as.
"But this book is on the road less traveled, "
"This book is likely to make you feel lonely, miserable, and in need of help." Pg 2
The author is comparing this book to a road less traveled rather then what people prefer, and travel more.
"Woosh!" Pg 328
"Honk!" Pg 60
The woosh is the sound of the water from the Stricken Stream, and the honk was from the sound of Olaf's horn.
"Violet was also trying to describe her sadness about all the fires that had brought Quigley, and Klaus, and herself here to the Mortmain Mountains." Pg 171
To others fire is just a dangerous hazard but to the orphans fire means much more than a hazard it holds the memory of how they lost their parents and the reason it brought the orphans to be solving this mystery and having to bump into all these unfortunate events. Fire is the word they get chills down their spine when hearing it.
"The ominous-looking cloud of tiny, white buzzing objects had appeared from around a rocky corner, and from a distance it looked a bit like the beginnings of a snowfall."
"The swarm drew quite close, with the tip of the fluttering white arrow just a few inches from the path, 'Ow!' Violet said. The snow gnat flew back to its place, and the eldest Baudelaire was left rubbing a tiny red mark," Pg 38
Clues or hints about something that is going to happen later in the story.
In the first quote it states that something was coming there way, and soon it was foreshadowing that snow gnats were coming to attack them.
I would have to say the tone is very helpful and secretive. Instead of the author just telling the reader the solution to every mystery. There is just a lot of clues that lead to more clues and it's uneasy to find out the secret.
"'There are secrets everywhere,' Quigley said. 'I think everyone's parents have secrets. You just have to know where to look for them.'" Pg 161
Allusion
A reference to a place, person, or something that happened.
"The song is called 'The Itsy Bitsy Spider,' and it was one of the saddest songs ever composed.
Violet Baudelaire could not help feeling like this poor spider as she ascended the waterfall" Pg 281
Personification
Describing nonhuman animals, objects, or ideas as though they possess human qualities or emotions.
"The door of the cupboard was swinging back and forth as if a ghost was fighting with it," Pg 9
The quote above is a personification because the door of cupboard can not be fighting with another object or thing such as a ghost.
Violet is referring to the song "The Itsy Bitsy Spider", while climbing the waterfall.
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