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Glossary of English 8 Short Story Unit

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A figure of speech that uses exaggeration to emphasize strong feeling or to create comic or satiric effects.
Hyperbole
The feeling or atmosphere that an author creates in a literary work.
Mood
An object, a person, a place or an experience that represents something else, usually something absract.
Symbol
The sequence of events in a literary work.
Plot
When the complications, twists, intesification of the conflict occur.
Rising Action
Logical result of conflict and climax.
Falling Action
The central character in a literary work around whom the main conflicts occur.
Protagonist
The main idea or message of a literary work. It may be directly stated but more often it is implied.
Theme
Words used for descriptive effect, often to imply ideas indirectly. They are not literally true.
Figurative Language
An implied camparison between things that have something in common but are essentially unlike.
Metaphor
A refrence in a work of literature to a character, place, or situation from another work of literature, music, art, history, mythology, or the bible.
Allusion
A figure of speech in which human characteristics are assigned to nonhuman things, or life is attrubutied to inanimate objects.
Personification
A person or force in society or nature that opposes the central character in literary work.
Antagonist
The final outcome is revealed.
Resolution
Emotional highpoint of the literary work.
Climax

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