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plot

the series of events that make up a story
summary

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theme

the main idea
the purpose for writing the story

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tone

the author's attitude toward a subject

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mood

the feeling created by a literary piece

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imagery

sense experienced using language

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irony

the opposite of eat is said
a contrast
a form of hypocrisy

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allusion

reference to something or someone we're familiar with

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climax

the highest point of interest in a story
a turning point

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conflict

a struggle between two opposing forces

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assonance

poetic device
repetition of the same vowel sounds in words
opposite of alliteration
ex. late, make, sake, and bait

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connotation

implied definition/meaning
ex. cake-->birthday

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denotation

dictionary definition
ex. cake--> pastry baked in oven
opposite of connotation

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metaphor

an implied direct comparison between two different things

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personification

giving human characteristics to animals and things

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hyperbole

an exaggeration

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anecdote

a brief or short story (humorous)

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stereotype

a fixed, generalized idea of people

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onomatopoeia

words that sound like their meaning

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flashback

going back in time

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alliteration

repetition of initial consonant sounds in two or more words

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cliche

an overused expression

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colloquialism

informal language that is not acceptable in formal writing
"slang words"

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didactic

having the purpose of teaching or instructing

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diction

word choices made by a writer
introduces tone

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inference

a conclusion based on the entire piece read

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point of view

first person ("I" and main character)
third person (outside)
omniscient (all knowing presence)

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symbol

an object that stands for something else

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protagonist

the main character
good guy

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antagonist

the bad guy
the opposite of protagonist

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simile

comparison between two different things using like or as

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adage

wise saying

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argument

dispute
debate

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characters

the people in the story
major or minor

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foreshadowing

a prediction

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analogy

showing a resemblance between two different things