ELA 30-1 Literary Terms - Term Definition Unity The...

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Term: Unity Definition: The singleness of an idea in writing. Term: Setting Definition: The time, place, and situation in which the events of a work of fiction take place. Term: Imagery Definition: Words used to paint pictures or create sensations for the reader or listener. Evokes a sensory experience. Pictures through words. Term: Paradox Definition: A statement that seems self contradictory or absurd, but in reality, expresses a possible truth. Term: Character Foil Definition: A character, whose traits contrast noticeably with those of another character (therefore emphasizing this other characters traits).
Term: Denotation Definition: The literal, dictionary meaning of a word. Term: Implicit Definition: An argument that remains unstated throughout the essay. It is suggested, or implied. Term: Diction Definition: Word choice of an author. Term: Connotation Definition: The suggested meaning associated with the word's literal meaning; emotional and personal connections. Term: Dramatic Purpose Definition: The precise function served by each scene, quote, character or symbol in a literary work. Used to reveal character, develop plot, or illustrate theme.
Term: Comic Relief Definition: A humorous scene designed to ease the tension in an otherwise serious play. Term: Foreshadowing Definition: The dropping of hints that indicate events that are to come (prepares the reader for the story's outcome). Term: Deduction Definition: An essay with its argument at the beginning. Term: Induction Definition: An essay with its central argument placed at the end. Term: Static Character Definition: A fictional character that does not change.
Term: Flat Character Definition: A character with only one or two traits developed. Term: Satire Definition: The ridiculing of human vices, weaknesses, or stupidities with a view to effecting change. Uses knowledge to ridicule. Often humorous and critiquing. Intentionally poking fun at in order to correct it. Term: Tone Definition: The attitude of the writer toward a subject, reflected in emphasis and word choice. Term: Tragic Flaw Definition: The shortcoming of a tragic hero (was once an ordinary person) that leads to his or her destruction.
Term: Parallelism Definition: A sentence in which phrases or clauses balance each other through likeness of structure, their direct contrast, or similarity in meaning. Term: Antagonist Definition: The force that the story's protagonist must overcome to achieve their want, need or goal. Term: Anecdote Definition: A short account of an interesting or humorous incident.

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