Animal Farm Lit. Terms
Allegory
A story that represents abstract ideas or moral qualities.
Has both a literal and symbolic symbol of meaning.
Antagonist
The person or force that is in conflict with, or opposes, the protagonist.
Anthropomorphism
Attributing human qualities, emotions, and behavior to animals.
Characterization
The methods, incidents, speech, etc., an author uses to reveal the people in the book.
Conflict
The struggle that moves the action forward in a work of literature.
Three types of Conflict (most books have all three): Man vs. Man, Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Himself.
Connotation
A meaning of a word that carries a suggested meaning different from the actual definition.
Dialogue
Conversation between two or more characters.
Foreshadowing
The use of hints or clues in a story to suggest what action is to come.
Inference
The act of drawing a conclusion that is not actually stated by the author.
Irony
A perception of inconsistency, sometimes humorous, in which the significance and understanding of a statement or event is changed by it’s context.
Omniscient Narrator
Third-person narration that allows the author to relate the thoughts and feelings of any of the characters in all-knowing manner.
Personification
A figure of speech in which an object, abstract idea, or animal is given human characteristics.
Plot
The pattern of events in a literary work; what happens.
Point of View
The position or vantage point, determined by the author, from which the story seems to come to the reader.
Protagonist
The central or main character in a story around whom the plot centers.
Satire
Using humor to expose sometime or someone to ridicule.
Setting
When and where the story, play or novel takes place.
Simile
A comparison between two different things using either like or as.
Style
The way an author chooses and uses words, phrases, and sentences to tell the story.
Symbol
An object, person, or place that has a meaning in itself and that also stands for something larger than itself, usually an idea or concept; some concrete thing which represents an abstraction.
Theme
The central or dominant idea behind the story.
Tone
The atmosphere in a literary work or the attitude the author puts in a literary work.
Tragedy
A serious work, usually a play, in which the main character experiences a defeat; brought about by a tragic flaw.
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