WGU-Literary Terms Conventions Mod.& Fiction Mod Flashcards

Terms Definitions
Subplot
Secondary arrangement of incidents, involving not the protagonist but someone less important
Motif
Element that recurs significantly throughout a narrative; can be an image, idea, theme, situation, or action
Parable
Brief, allegorical narrative that teaches a moral; moral themes are explicit & can be interpreted in many ways
Epiphany
Moment of insight, discovery, or revelation by which a character's life, or view of life is greatly altered
Crisis
Point when crucial action, decision, or realization must be made marking the turning point or reversal of the protagonist's fortune
Persona
Latin for mask; fictitious character created by author to always be the narrator
Connotation
An association or additional meaning that a word, image, or phrase may carry, apart from its literal dictionary definition
Understatement
Ironic figure of speech that deliberately describes something in a way that is less than the true case
Allusion
A brief (sometimes indirect) reference in a text of a person, place, or thing; fictitious or actual
Tale
Short narrative without a complex plot; ancient form of narrative found in folklore, & often contain supernatural elements
Monologue
Extended speech made by a single character
Exposition
Opening portion of a narrative or drama; scene set, protagonist introduced, author discloses background information
Denotation
The literal, dictionary meaning of a word
Fiction
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
Diction
Word choice or vocabulary; refers to the class of words that an author decides is appropriate to use in a particular work
Flashback
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
Theme
Can be stated variously, depending on what you believe matters most
Simile
Comparison of two things, indicated by some connective, usually like, as, than, or a verb such as resembles
Tone
Conveys an attitude toward the person addressed; tells reader how the speaker feels about him or herself
Assonance
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
Foreshadowing
Suggestions of what is to come later; created through imagery, dialogue, diction, events or actions
Soliloquy
Speech by a character alone onstage in which he or she utters his or her thoughts aloud
Motivation
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
Personification
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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