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Characterization

the method in which the author develops a character.

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Setting

the time and place in which a story takes place

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Plot

the series of events that make up a story

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narrative

a story that is written or told

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exposition

the beginning of a story that reveals basic background information, setting, and characters

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rising action

the conflicts leading up to the climax

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climax

the turning point of a story, usually the most dramatic and action-packed

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falling action

the events that occur as a result of the climax

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resolution

the end of the story, conflicts are often resolved

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theme

the main moral or life lesson of a piece of literature.

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Internal Conflict

A problem/decision within the own characters' mind, a personal conflict

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External Conlict

a problem a character faces with an outside force

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Situational Irony

When something other than what is EXPECTED to happen, happens (think "The Necklace")

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Verbal Irony

When a character says something, but means something else (think Montresor saying he's worried about Fortunato's health)

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Dramatic Irony

when a character or the audience knows more than another character in the story.

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Symbolism

When an object stands for something greater than itself, usually an idea.

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First Person Point of View

the narrator is part of the story and uses personal pronouns (think Young from Shattering Glass)

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Third Person Omniscient

the narrator is not part of the story, the all-knowing voice (think Of Mice and Men)

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Imagery

words or phrases that appeal to the 5 senses to create an experience for the reader (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch)

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Allusion

A reference to another piece of literature, art, music, or historical event (think Of Mice and Men- an allusion to "To a Mouse"by Robert Burns)

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Simile

the method of comparing something by saying it is "like" or "as" another thing (my bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep)

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Metaphor

a word or phrased used to refer to something else to suggest that they are similar. (Juliet is the sun.)

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Alliteration

the repetition of consonant sounds (blue baby bottle)

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Personification

a literary device in which an author gives human characteristics to an inanimate object (Death is my son-in-law)

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Onomatopoeia

A word that is created based on the sound it imitates (meow, crack, smash, boom)

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Hyperbole

a literary device in which an author uses an extreme exaggeration (this book weighs a ton)

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Foreshadow

to hint at events that are to come later

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Repetition

the repeating of a word or phrase to provide emphasis

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Antithesis

the contrast of ideas by parallel arrangement of words