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Literary Elements The Boy in the Striped Pajamas . Ms. Brooks Academic English 9 . Protagonist. The main character of a literary work. Antagonist. A character or force against which another character struggles. Sympathetic Character.

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protagonist
Protagonist
  • The main character of a literary work
antagonist
Antagonist
  • A character or force against which another character struggles.
sympathetic character
Sympathetic Character
  • fictional character in a story with whom the writer expects the reader to identify with and care about, if not necessarily admire.
unsympathetic character
Unsympathetic Character
  • Fictional character in a story who is unpleasant and difficult to like
irony
Irony
  • A contrast or discrepancy between what is said and what is meant or between what happens and what is expected to happen in life and in literature.
dramatic irony
Dramatic Irony
  • a character is ignorant of a situation or event known to the audience or to the other characters
situational irony
Situational Irony
  • the opposite of what is expected occurs.
verbal irony
Verbal Irony
  • characters say the opposite of what they mean.
symbolism
Symbolism
  • An object or action in a literary work that means more than itself, that stands for something beyond itself.
rising action
Rising Action
  • A set of conflicts and crises that constitute the part of a play's or story's plot leading up to the climax.
round character
Round Character
  • A character with many personality traits (many details given)
flat character
Flat Character
  • A character with few personality traits (few details given)
static character
Static Character
  • A character that does not change personality, beliefs, ideas, etc. throughout the work
dynamic character
Dynamic Character
  • a character that experiences some type of change during the course of the story due to events
foreshadowing
Foreshadowing
  • Hints of what is to come in the action of a play or a story.
conflict
Conflict
  • A struggle between opposing forces in a story or play, usually resolved by the end of the work. The conflict may occur within a character as well as between characters.
internal conflict
Internal Conflict
  • Conflict that occurs within a character
external conflict
External Conflict
  • Conflict against forces outside of a character
person v self conflict
Person v Self Conflict
  • A character has trouble deciding what action to take.
  • This type of conflict deals with right and wrong.
person v society conflict
Person v Society Conflict
  • A character has a problem with the law, school, accepted behavior, etc
person v nature conflict
Person v Nature Conflict
  • A character struggles with the elements of nature.
climax turning point
Climax/Turning Point
  • The turning point of the action in the plot of a play or story. The climax represents the point of greatest tension in the work
falling action
Falling Action
  • In the plot of a story or play, the action following the climax of the work that moves it towards its denouement or resolution.
theme
Theme
  • The idea of a literary work abstracted from its details of language, character, and action, and cast in the form of a generalization.
resolution
Resolution
  • The sorting out or unraveling of a plot at the end of a play, novel, or story
denouement
Denouement
  • The resolution of the plot of a literary work.