Literary Terms Set#2
Reference to a statement, person, place or an event from literature, history, religion, mythology, politics, sports, science or pop culture.
A way of speaking that is characteristic of a particular region or of a particular group of people
(e.g., a southern or mid-western accent)
A writer or speaker’s specific choice of words based on his/her purpose for writing. (e.g., formal, conversational, slang, technical language, etc.)
A struggle between a character and an outside force.
A struggle between opposing needs or desires within a character’s own mind.
Scene in a movie, play, literature or narrative poem that interrupts the present action of the plot to “flash” backward and tell what happened at an earlier time.
The use of clues to hint at events that will occur later in the plot.
A person, a place, a thing, or an event that stands for itself and for something beyond itself as well (cross=religion, black cat=bad luck, crown=royalty, etc.)
The point the author is trying to make or the lesson learned in the story. The central idea or ideas explored by a literary work. Themes must be written in complete sentences (see “Theme” handout)
The overall attitude the writer takes toward the audience, a subject or a character in literature (may be dark, light, happy, sad, nostalgic, etc.).