Literary Terms-answer key by wanghonghx


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Hour ELA10

Tenth Grade Literary Terms and Supportive Examples: 54 points

Directions: First, define each term using complete sentences. Second, provide a
detailed example from a story or novel that you have read in the past to illustrate your
understanding of the term.

   1. antagonist: A character or force in conflict with a main character, or protagonist.

   Example: Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series; Victoria in the Twilight series;
   Darth Vadar in Star Wars, Episodes IV, V, VI; Iago in “Óthello”; the White Witch in
   The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Professor Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes
   stories; Malvolio from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

   2. atmosphere: also known as mood, the feeling created in the reader by a literary
      work or passage; it is often created through the setting and foreshadowing

   Example: Edgar Allen Poe’s poetry, such as “The Raven” creates a dark, haunting
   atmosphere for some readers.

   3. characterization: the act of creating and developing a character by either stating
      a character’s traits or showing their traits through actions, dialogue, and
      interactions with other characters.

   Example: An example of indirect characterization comes from Act 1, scene 5 of
   Romeo & Juliet.. In this scene, Romeo has seen Juliet for the first time and is
   commenting on her beauty aloud.

   An example of direct characterization comes from “Where Is Here?” (p.375) … “He
   was in his late forties, the father’s approximate age. He wore a dark suit,
   conservatively cut; he was hatless, with thin silver-tipped neatly combed hare; a
   plain, sober, intelligent face and frowning eyes.”

   4. climax: the high point of interest or suspense in a literary work. It generally
      appears near the end of the story/play/poem.

   Example: From Twilight, The climax is at the dance studio while James taunts Bella,
   breaking her leg and biting her, as well as his death by Emmet and Jasper. In Harry
   Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone, the climax would be when Harry comes face-to-face
   with Professor Quirrell and Voldemort.

   5. figurative language: Writing or speech that is not meant to be taken literally.

   Example: metaphors are good examples of figurative language.

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6. denotation: The objective meaning of a word that is independent of other
   associations that the word brings to mind. (Think of it as the dictionary definition,
   not the suggested meaning.)

Example: a STOP on a sign is literally means for you to stop. “The grass was green
in the summer” is an example of literal meaning.

7. connotation: an association that a word calls to mind in addition to the dictionary
   meaning of the word.

Example: What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would
smell as sweet." (Juliet in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare)

Lisa: "A rose by any other name smells as sweet."
Bart: "Not if you call them 'Stench Blossoms.'" (This would be denotation by Bart.)

8. plot: the sequence of events in a literary work; this usually includes exposition,
   rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution

Example: the story mountain maps out the plot of a story

9. protagonist: The main character in a literary work

Example: Harry Potter in the Harry Potter series; Bella in the Twilight series; Luke
Skywalker in Star Wars, Episodes IV, V, VI; Othello in “Óthello”; the children (Peter,
Susan and Lucy) in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Sherlock Holmes from
Sherlock Holmes stories; Viola from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

10. satire


11. first-person point of view


12. omniscient narrator


13. stream of consciousness

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14. conflict


15. irony


16. falling action


17. analogy


18. flashback


19. symbol


20. simile


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21. mood


22. tone


23. theme


24. paradox


25. comedy


26. genre


27. imagery


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