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  1. Literary Terms English novel Engl2349 Dr. Sami S. Breem

  2. Plot • plot/events/actions • Aristotle’s plot-line/structure/diagram • introduction/exposition • rising action/development • climax/turning point • falling action • end/deouement • Labov's structure • coda

  3. Characterization • protagonist/hero/central/main character • antagonist/anti-hero • antagonistic force • techniques used to analyze character: • physical description • what characters say/do • relationship with other characters • narrator’s comments

  4. Characterization (continued) • Type of change: • round vs. flat • static vs. dynamic • changed vs. unchanged • developed vs. undeveloped • character (symbol) • Character (representation in the real world) • Significance of names

  5. Conflict Complication/clash between opposing forces: • character vs. character • character vs. nature • character vs. social problems • internal conflict

  6. Literary Terms (continued) • themes • setting • imagery • motif • allegory • microcosm vs. macrocosm • foreshadowing

  7. Literary Terms (continued) • symbolism • conventional/traditional • literary • figurative language, for example: • metaphor • simile • personification • irony

  8. Literary Terms (continued) • intertextuality • text vs. context • speech and thought presentation • stylistic analysis • deixis • deixis of time • deixis of place • deictic verbs/adverbs/adjectives/nouns • social deixis • definite vs. indefinite articles