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Glossary of English 2 Final Literary Terms

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the introduction early in a story of verbal and dramatic hints that suggest what is to come later
Foreshadowing
the incidents, actions, and events that make up a story or play
Plot
The main idea of a story, novel, play, etc. a Theme provides a unifying point around which the plot, characters, settings, point of view, symbols, and other elements of a work are organized. The message about life the author is sending to the reader or t
Theme
The practice of representing things by means of symbols or of attributing symbolic meanings or significance to objects, events, or relationships.
Symbolism
Irony
a device by which a writer expresses a meaning contradictory to the one stated
the struggle within the plot between opposing forces. The protagonist engages in the conflict with the antagonist, which may take the form of a character, society, nature, or an aspect of the protagonist’s personality.
Conflict
(setting) A dominant intellectual or emotional environment or attitude, the emotional response of a reader to a work, it reflects the feelings of the writer
Atmosphere (mood)
a recurring object or idea that appears repeatedly throughout a literary work
Motif
a scene that happened before that relates to what is happening in the present
Flashback
the set up of incidents, actions, and events that make up a story or play
Plot Structure
a narrative device, often used at the beginning of a work, which provides necessary background information about the characters and their circumstances. Exposition explains what has gone on before, the relationships between characters, the development of
Exposition
Rising Action
The events of a dramatic or narrative plot preceding the climax
Occurs when the forces of the protagonist and the antagonist meet head-on.
Climax
the problems that must be solved of the trials that must be faced
Falling Action
when the conflict is resolved in the story
Resolution
the writer's attitude toward his or her subject
the emotional response of a reader to a work
Mood
the emotional response of a reader to a work, it reflects the feelings of the writer

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