WGU-Literary Terms Conventions Mod.& Fiction Mod Flashcards

Terms Definitions
Secondary arrangement of incidents, involving not the protagonist but someone less important
Element that recurs significantly throughout a narrative; can be an image, idea, theme, situation, or action
Brief, allegorical narrative that teaches a moral; moral themes are explicit & can be interpreted in many ways
Moment of insight, discovery, or revelation by which a character's life, or view of life is greatly altered
Point when crucial action, decision, or realization must be made marking the turning point or reversal of the protagonist's fortune
Latin for mask; fictitious character created by author to always be the narrator
An association or additional meaning that a word, image, or phrase may carry, apart from its literal dictionary definition
Ironic figure of speech that deliberately describes something in a way that is less than the true case
A brief (sometimes indirect) reference in a text of a person, place, or thing; fictitious or actual
Short narrative without a complex plot; ancient form of narrative found in folklore, & often contain supernatural elements
Extended speech made by a single character
Opening portion of a narrative or drama; scene set, protagonist introduced, author discloses background information
The literal, dictionary meaning of a word
Name for stories not entirely factual, but least partially shaped, made up, imagined
Flat Character
Character with only one outstanding trait; rarely central and based on stock character
Word choice or vocabulary; refers to the class of words that an author decides is appropriate to use in a particular work
A scene relived in a character's memory; can be relayed by the narrator in a summary or can be experienced by the characters themselves
Can be stated variously, depending on what you believe matters most
Comparison of two things, indicated by some connective, usually like, as, than, or a verb such as resembles
Conveys an attitude toward the person addressed; tells reader how the speaker feels about him or herself
Repeating the sound of a vowel; slows the reader down & focuses attention (all, awful)
Apprenticeship Novel
Genre depicting a youth who struggles toward maturity, forming a worldview or philosophy of life
Rising Action
Part of play or narrative, including the exposition, in which events start moving toward a climax
Picaresque Novel
Presents the life of a likable scoundrel who is at odds with respectable society; rarely has a tight plot, loose chronological order
Suggestions of what is to come later; created through imagery, dialogue, diction, events or actions
Speech by a character alone onstage in which he or she utters his or her thoughts aloud
What a character in a story or drama wants; the reasons an author provides for a character's actions
Transferred Epithet
Device of emphasis in which the poet attributes some characteristic of a thing to another thing closely associated with it
Figure of speech in which a thing, an animal, or an abstract term is made human; allows an author to dramatize the nonhuman world in tangibly human terms
Third Person Limited
See's events through the eyes of a single character
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