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Conflict

The struggle found in fiction around which the plot and character development revolves. Conflict may be external or internal.
Man v man
Man v nature
Man v self
Man v society, technology

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Foreshadowing

Plot device that utilizes hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in the story

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Imagery

Language that evokes at least one of the five senses: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching
In order to associate a certain concept or quality with a character, setting, or action a writer may develop a recognizable pattern of imagery

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Irony

An implied discrepancy between what we are led to believe will happen and what actually occurs

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Verbal irony

The meaning intended by a speaker is interpreted differently by one or more characters

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Dramatic irony

When the reader shares with the narrator knowledge of a situation or intention unknown by one or more of the characters

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Irony of situation

When the result of circumstances is the opposite of what is reasonably expected

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Oxymoron

A compressed paradox. 2 terms that are opposite/contrary
Ex. Bittersweet, living death

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Personification/anthropomorphism

Giving human qualities to animals or objects

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Protagonist

The central character in a literary work. In accomplishing his or her objective

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Characterization

Method used by the writer to develop a character.
Showing the characters looks
Revealing the characters thoughts
Displaying the characters actions
Letting the character speak
Getting the reactions from character to said character

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Protagonist

The central character in a literary work. In a complaining his or her objective the protagonist is hindered by some opposing force either human, animal, or natural.
The protagonist doesn't have to be likable or the hero.

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Antagonist

A person or force which opposes the protagonist in a literary work.