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Protagonist

the main character

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Antagonist

the character who opposes the protagonist

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Plot

the story line; what takes place

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Setting

where and when the action happens

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Conflict

the struggle that must be resolved; may be person v. person, person v. nature, person v. self, or person v. society

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Climax

high point of action; turning point for protagonist

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Theme

the moral, message, or lesson of the literary work

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Characterization

the method an author uses to acquaint the reader with characters (physical details, speech, actions, thoughts and feelings, reactions and opinions.)

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Dynamic Character

any character who changes

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Static Character

any character who does not change

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Motivation

the combination of character traits and circumstances that cause a character to act in a certain manner

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Narrator

the "voice" that tells a story

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Point of View

the author's choice of narrator

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Omniscient Narrator

a third person voice who knows all the information

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First Person Narrator

a character in the literary work tells the story

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Tone

an author's attitude toward the subject or characters in the work

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Foreshadowing

hints of what is to come

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Flashback

action is interrupted to retell a past situation

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Dialogue

conversation; quotation marks are used

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Dialect

speech pattern of a particular people or region

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Anti-climax

outcome is disappointing; not what was anticipated

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Denouement

loose ends are tied up; usually after climax

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Imagery

concrete details that appeal to senses

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Propaganda

literature meant to persuade

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Verisimilitude

unrealistic things seem real

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Allegory

objects, characters, or events are related to meaning outside the work

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Allusion

reference to person, place, or event of some significance

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Irony

outcome of event is different from expectations, surprising

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Satire

literature which makes fun of politics, manners, customs, individuals, to make a point

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Symbol

something that stands for something else