Literary techniques

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Genre (context)
Form or category of literature e.g. epic, tragedy, comedy
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Realism
Fiction/drama that concentrated on ordinary existence and daily concerns like society, money and marriage
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Theme
Main idea that a work explores or arguement it advances
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Protagonist
Main character
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Antagonist
Character/thing in conflict with protagonist
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Conflict
Central problem/issue to be resolved in plot, protagonist struggling against antagonist
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Exposition
Revelation (usually early) in story/play of necessary background info
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Setting
Location of story
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Foreshadowing
Hint about later events that is fully understood only in retrospect
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Climax
High point of tension in a plot, when outcome is decided
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Denouement
Resolution/conclusion, scene where plot reaches final outcome
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Epiphany
Sudden moment of realization, often triggered by mundane events
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Flat character
One dimensional character, has few, easily defined traits
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Round character
Multi-faceted character , especially who is capable of choosing right and wrong
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Dynamic character
Changes/comes to a major realisation which may/may not change their actions, but they never see the world the same way
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Static character
Undergoes no change
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Stock character
Character type used repeatedly - often stereotype
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Symbol
Thing/action that suggests more than its literal meaning
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Third person
Narrator is not a character
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Objective narrator
Only describes, does not enter thoughts
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Limited/selective omniscience
Narrative sees into only one mind
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Omniscience
Narrative sees into different characters
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First person
Narrator is a character
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Ironic point of view/artless narrator
First person narrator who does not understand the implications of the story
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Unreliable narrator
Misinterprets the story due to prejudice, bias, madness, lack of details
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Naive narrator
Too innocent to understand story fully
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Free indirect style
Third person narrator who slides without warning in and out the minds of characters
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Regionalism
Fiction that focuses on specific features (characters, DIALECTS, customs, history) of a particular region
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Allegory
Extended metaphor
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Alliteration
Pattern of sounds that includes repetition of consonant sound
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Allusion
Reference to a person, place, thing in history
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Flashback/analepsis
Interruption of the chronological sequence; description of an earlier event
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Dramatic irony
Reader/audience aware of piece of info/event that character is not
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Verbal irony
Writer says something but means something entirely different
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Motif
Recurring object, concept or structure in a work of literature
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Tone
Attitude author expresses of their topic
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Fiction/drama that concentrated on ordinary existence and daily concerns like society, money and marriage

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Realism

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Main idea that a work explores or arguement it advances

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