English 10 Literary Terms -

An event in a story that interrupts the present action of the plot to tell what happened earlier.

Flashback

What special technique provides a conclusion the reader does not expect?

Surprise Ending

A series of events that make up a story.

Plot

What special techniques do writers use when they use a specific object to represent ideas in a story.

Symbolism

A comparison of two unlike things that uses the word like, or as.

Simile

Kind of metaphor in which non-human things or qualities are talked about as if they were human.

Personification

The use of clues to hint at events that occur later in a plot.

Foreshadowing

The character who comes in conflict with the main character/or blocks the main character.

Antagonist

A comparison of two unlike things without using the words like or as.

Metaphor

A struggle or clash between opposing characters or opposing forces in literature.

Conflict

The central or main character in a literary work, the character who sets the plot in motion.

Protagonist

The turning point of a story; the point of highest interest

Climax

Time and Place of a literary work.

Setting

What type of conflict takes place within a character.

internal conflict

What type of conflict occurs when an outside force presents obstacles in a story.

External conflict

The main idea, central message, or moral lesson taught through a work of literature.

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