Flashcards in Literary Terms: List 1 Deck (62)
The structure of a story; the sequence in which the author arranges events In a story.
The beginning of the story where the problem is often established; characters and basic setting are revealed.
The portion of a story in which conflict intensifies, leading to The climax (often contains many complications)
Where circumstances cannot get any worse for a main character.
The highest point of interest in a story; the moment with the most psychological or physical intensity; the turning point thAt determines the outcome of the conflict. The reader wonders what happens next; will the conflict be resolved or not?
The events and complications begin to resolve themselves. The reader knows what has happened next and if he conflict was resolved or not (events between the climax and denouement).
The final outcome or untangling of events in a story
The part of the story or drama which occurs after the climax and which establishes a new norm, a new state of affairs; the ways the ways things are going to be from then on.
The time and place in which a story unfolds
A reference ti a statement, person, place or thing well known from literature, history, religion, pop-culture etc.
A character or force that goes against the main character (protagonist) and and tries to stop him/her from achieving their goal.
The hero or central character of a literary work; the one who "drives the action"
Tension in the story, as well as the feeling of growing uncertainty about the outcome of events (what will "happen next") in a story.
The literal, dictionary definition of a word
All the meanings, associations, or emotions that a word suggests.
A work or group of words, which appeal to one or more of the senses: sight, taste, touch, hearing, and smell. Imagery types include VISUAL, TACTILE, OLFACTORY, AURAL, and GUSTATORY.
The mood or feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage.
Occurs when some person or force in the play opposes the protagonist.
A character struggles against an outside force
Types of External Conflict
Man vs. man
Man vs. nature
Man vs. society
A struggle within one's self; a person must make some decision, Overcome pain, resist an urge, quiet their temper, etc.
Example of Internal Conflict
Man vs. himself
The process of revealing the personality of a character in a story
The author tells directly what a character is like
The author shows what a character is like
Methods of Indirect Characterization
3. Inner thoughts and feelings
4. What others think or say about the character
Background information about the character, setting, and situation that is needed for the reader to move forward with a story
A realistic that has many different character traits; fully-developed; three-dimensional
A character that, having only one or two traits is easily described and one-dimensionional (like a Cardboard figure)
A character that changes in some important way as a result of something that happens in the story. Change may involve some n knowledge or a different way of behaving or feeling.
A character who remains the same or changes very little from beginning to end
The mood of a story
Attitude of narrator/character
What are the five types of imagery?
WHat the readers can see
What the readers can smell
What the readers can taste
What the readers can hear
What the readers touch
First person narraitor
Story is told from main character's POV; uses first person pronouns
The topic of the story
The central idea of a story
A contrast or discrepancy between expectation and reality
Another name for situational irony
When a situation that is expected to happen or that is intended to happen is the opposite of what actually does happen
A writers or speaker says one thing, but really means something completely different;
Another word for verbal irony
Occurs when the audience or reader knows something that a character in the play or story does not know
What is the origin for the word "irony"?
The Greek word "eronea", which means "a withholding of knowledge"
Third person omniscient narrator
All knowing... The narrator can see into the minds of all characters; Godlike Narrator he/she can enter character's mind and know everything that is going on past/present/future
First person narrator
Uses: I, me, my, we, our... (First person pronouns); Story is told from main character's POV
Second person narrator
Uses: you, yours, your, yourself... (second-person pronouns); Uses you and presents commands
Third person narrator
A narrator tells the story on the third person
Third person limited narrator
Narrator can see into one character's mind;
All characters have thought privacy except one;
Gives the impression that we are very close to the mind of that one character, though from a distance
Third person objective narrator
Narrator only describes, and does not enter character's thoughts
A reoccurring thematic element in a work
THe use of clues to hint at what will happen later in the plot
A writer or speakers choice of words
A scene in a literary work or drama that interrupts the present action of the plot to "flash backward" and tell what happened at an earlier time
Point of view
Who is telling the story and how much they contribute
A person, place, thing, or event that stands for itself and for something beyond itself as well