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English 9A Academic Vocabulary

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Vocabulary WordDefinition
ProtagonistThe main character usually involved in the conflict of the story.
AntagonistA character in opposition to the main character, can be force of nature, set of circumstances, society, or force within.
CharacterizationThe way a writer creates and develops character personalities
ThemeAn underlying message about life or human nature
First Person POVThe narrator is a character in the story.
Third-person-Limited POVThe narrative voice is outside the action, tells what only one character thinks, feels, and observes.
Third-person-Omniscient POVThe narrator sees into the minds of all the characters.
Internal conflictA conflict that occurs within a character.
External conflictA conflict that involves an outside force like nature, a physical obstacle, or another character.
PrologueAn introductory part of a literary work, give information prior to reading.
EpilogueA concluding part added to a literary work, may show you what comes next or how a character is doing.
EpithetA short descriptive phrase that takes the place of a character's name or characterizes a person or thing.
AllusionAn indirect or passing reference to a well-known person, place, event or story.
SimileA comparison between two unlike things using "like" or "as".
HyperboleAn exaggeration for emphasis or humorous effect.
MetaphorA direct comparison between two unlike things.
EuphemismA mild or indirect word or expression used in place of one considered too harsh.
ToneThe authors attitude towards subject or topic.
PersonificationGiving human characteristics to something nonhuman.
MoodThe emotional atmosphere of a story, created by the author.
ImageryWords or phrases that give sensory details; seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching.
ArchetypeCharacters, situations, and images that are recognized in many times and cultures.
AntonymA word opposite in meaning to another.
StanzaLines of poetry that are grouped together (like paragraphs).
SummarizeBrief retelling of the main points from a text.
ForeshadowClues or hints an author gives to suggest events that will occur (happen) later in the story.
SynonymA word or phrase that means exactly the same as another word or phrase in the same language.
SymbolA person, place, object, or activity that stands for something beyond itself.
Epic PoemA long narrative poem.
InferenceA logical assumption that is based on observed facts and one's own knowledge and experience.
ParaphraseTo reword a passage from a text in order to clarify meaning, uses words you know.
GenreA category in which a work of literature is classified.
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