Literary Terms

Literary Terms - Term Definition Protagonist The most...

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Term: Protagonist Definition: The most important or leading character in a work who is usually identical to the hero/heroine... but not always. They can have both good and bad qualities Term: Antaganist Definition: The character pitted against the protagonist of a work. He or She usually has evil or distasteful qualities, but it not necessarily all. If they are purely evil, he or she is a villain Term: Dynamic Definition: A character who has an epiphany or experiences a change during the course of the work in order to gain a new understanding Term: Static Definition: A character who stays the same throughout the work, from the beginning to the end
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Term: Epiphany Definition: Used more figuratively to describe the insight or revelation gained when one suddenly understands the significance of a generally commonplace object, gesture, statement, situation, moment, or mentality Term: Foil Definition: A character, who by contrast with the main character, serves to accentuate that character's distinctive qualities or characteristics Term: Flat Definition: Characters that are not developed; are easily recgonizable by their lack of complexity; and are usually created to emphasize a single important trait Term: Round Definition: Characters that have a level of complexity and depth we associate with real people and that have been fully developed by the author
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Term: Stock Definition: A type of character who regularly appears certain literary forms; they are often stereotyped characters Term: Direct Characterization Definition: When the author intervenes authoritavitely in order to describe, and to evaluate, the motives and dispositional qualties of the characters Term: Indirect Characterization Definition: When the author simply presents the characters talking and acting and and
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