Literary Analytics

Anagnorisis
The moment of recognition


Analytic plot
A plot in which the main actions or events have happened before the narrative sets in, and in which the reader’s interest is mainly directed at finding out what has happened, rather than at what will happen


Antagonist
Main character who reacts to the protagonist


Anti-hero/ine
Main character without exceptional qualities


Conflict
A situation in which one or more characters have mutually exclusive goals.


Dramatic irony
The effect of a contrast between what is expected and what happens, or between what characters know and what the reader knows.


Ending
Closure or completion of a story


Epiphany
Moment of sudden insight or understanding


First-person narrator
Storyteller who refers to him/herself with first-person pronouns “I”, “me”, “my”


Flashback
Jump to an earlier fictional present


Hero
Protagonist or antagonist with exceptional qualities
Hero/ine (the opposite is the Villain)


Heroine
Female protagonist or antagonist with exceptional qualities


Identification
Response to a piece of fiction by a reader who imagines him/herself in the role of a character while reading


Internal conflict
Situation in which one character has mutually exclusive goals


Mystery
Appeal to the reader’s curiosity


Omniscient narrator
‘All-knowing’ narrator


Open ending
Ending without a sense of closure or completion


Peripety
Turnaround or reversal


Plot
Sequence of actions or events linked to each other as cause and effect


Point-of-view
Use of different perspectives in third-person narration


Prose
Non-metrical language


Protagonist
Main character whose actions move the plot forward
Protagonist (the opposite is the Antagonist)


Suspense
Delay in satisfying the reader’s curiosity


Synthetic plot
Plot in which the reader’s interest is directed at finding out what will happen


Third-person narrator
Storyteller who reports the events of a story without talking about him/herself.


Twist
A surprise turn at the end of a story.


Unreliable narrator
A first-person narrator whose statements cannot be trusted.


Verbal irony
A way of making a statement by saying the exact opposite.


Villain
A character who is and does evil.

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