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EnEnglish Literary Terms, MND Terms, and Plot Devices for final

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oxymoron
a figure of speech by which a set of words produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect
metaphor
direct comparison (is, an)
Protagonist
characters with whom we sympathize
Play Within Play
Pyramus and Thisbe in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Verbal Irony
contradiction between what is said and what is meant
Theme
Universal message about life
Setting
climate, weather, geography, time, historical period, How it affects plot and character in the story
alliteration
the commencement of two or more words of a word group with the same letter
rhetorical question
A question to which no answer is expected, because the answer is already known
end rhyme
rhyme of the terminal syllables of lines of poetry
Suspense
tension created because information is withheld
Antagonist
the character who opposes the protagonist
Foreshadowing
when the author gives hints on when events yet to occur
imagery
the formation of mental images, figures, or likenesses of things, or of such images collectively
verse
a poem, or piece of poetry
Conflict
Conflict- clash between opposing forces
malapropism
An act or habit of misusing words ridiculously
Situational Irony
sudden unexpected twist in the plot
Plot Line
A conflict, inciting incident, rising action, climax, and resolution
personification
compares an object or a thing to a quality of a person
Dramatic Irony
a reader or character knows something that another character does not
Red Herring
when the author deliberately misleads the reader
pun
the humorous use of a word or phrase so as to emphasize or suggest its different meanings or applications, or the use of words that are alike or nearly alike in sound but different in meaning; a play on words
denotation
a word that names or signifies something specific
connotation
he associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression in addition to its explicit or primary meaning
foil
to keep (a person) from succeeding in an enterprise, plan, etc
Inference
The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence
simile
comparison with like or as
paradox
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth

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