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Literary Terms. Characters. Protagonist: the most important character in a novel, play, story, or other literary work. Antagonist: a major character in a book, play, or movie whose values or behavior are in conflict with those of the protagonist or hero. Figurative language.

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characters
Characters
  • Protagonist: the most important character in a novel, play, story, or other literary work.
  • Antagonist: a major character in a book, play, or movie whose values or behavior are in conflict with those of the protagonist or hero
figurative language
Figurative language
  • Simile: a comparison of two unlike things that links them with the words “like” or “as”
  • Metaphor: states that one thing is something else. It is a comparison, but it does not use “like or “as” to make the comparison.
  • Personification: a figure of speech in which an object or animal is spoken of as if it had human qualities.
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Literary Terms
  • Theme: the central message of a story, poem, novel, or play that readers can apply to life
  • Diction: this is the choice and arrangement of words the author uses (informal vs. formal).
story elements
Story elements
  • Plot: the arrangement of ideas and/or events that make up a story.
  • Setting: time and location at which a story takes place
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Story elements
  • Exposition: The information needed to understand a story. (This includes two parts: setting and characters.)
  • Events: Series of events that draw upon the conflict. (Also called “Rising Action”)
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Story elements
  • Conflict: this occurs when opposition occurs between two different characters or forces.
    • Man v. self
    • Man v. man
    • Man v. nature
    • Man v. society
  • Climax: the turning point; the moment when the conflict is most intense
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Literary Terms
  • Resolution: The series of events that bring a story to a close. It is how the conflict is resolved
  • Foreshadowing: when the author gives clues about events that might happen in the future.