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antagonist

antagonist

/ænˈtæɡənəst/
noun
someone who strongly opposes another person or thing

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antihero

antihero

/ˈæntɪhˌiəɹoʊ/
noun
the main character in a movie, book, etc. who lacks heroic qualities such as being morally good

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arc

arc

/ˈɑɹk/
noun
the main theme or the continuous line in which a narrative develops

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backstory

backstory

/bˈækstoːɹi/
noun
the events that have happened to a character before their story in a book, movie, etc. begins

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baddy

baddy

/bˈædi/
noun
an evil character in fiction or a motion picture

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beginning

beginning

/bɪˈɡɪnɪŋ/
noun
the point at which something, such as an event, a story, etc. begins

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characterization

characterization

/ˌkɛɹəktɝɪˈzeɪʃən/
noun
the way in which characters in a movie, book, etc. are created and represented by a writer

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character

character

/ˈkɛɹɪktɝ/
noun
a person or an animal represented in a book, play, movie, etc.

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climax

climax

/ˈkɫaɪˌmæks/
noun
the most significant moment in a story, play, movie, etc. with a high dramatic suspense

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conceit

conceit

/kənˈsit/
noun
an elaborate image or a far-fetched metaphor, used in poetry

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conflict

conflict

/ˈkɑnfɫɪkt/, /kənˈfɫɪkt/
noun
the opposition between different forces or characters in a work of fiction that results in dramatization

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conclusion

conclusion

/kənˈkɫuʒən/
noun
the final event or part that marks the end of something

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direct speech

direct speech

/dɚɹˈɛkt spˈiːtʃ/
noun
(grammar) ‌a speaker's actual words, which are shown in quotation marks, in writing

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end

end

/ˈɛnd/
noun
the final part of something, such as an event, a story, etc.

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ending

ending

/ˈɛndɪŋ/
noun
the final part of a story, movie, etc.

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episode

episode

/ˈɛpəˌsoʊd/, /ˈɛpɪˌsoʊd/
noun
an event or set of events in a literary or dramatic piece

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the first person

the first person

/fˈɜːst pˈɜːsən/
noun
a way of telling or writing a story in which things happen to the narrator and the story revolves around them

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goody

goody

/ˈɡʊdi/
noun
someone who is morally good, especially a character in a movie, play or book

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gnome

gnome

/ˈnoʊm/
noun
a magical creature in the folklore which resembles a small old man who guards buried treasures

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hero

hero

/ˈhiɹoʊ/, /ˈhɪɹoʊ/
noun
the main male character in a story, book, movie, etc., typically known for great qualities

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heroine

heroine

/ˈhɛɹoʊən/
noun
the main female character in a story, book, film, etc., typically known for great qualities

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hyperbole

hyperbole

/haɪˈpɝbəˌɫi/
noun
a way of exaggerating and emphasizing on something as a figure of speech

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imagery

imagery

/ˈɪmədʒɹi/, /ˈɪmɪdʒɹi/
noun
the figurative language in literature by which the audience can form vivid mental images

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indirect speech

indirect speech

/ˌɪndɚɹˈɛkt spˈiːtʃ/
noun
(grammar) the utterances of another speaker reported without using the exact words or directly quoting them

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introduction

introduction

/ˌɪntɹəˈdəkʃən/, /ˌɪntɹoʊˈdəkʃən/
noun
the part of a book or speech that gives you a brief account of what it is about

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leitmotif

leitmotif

/ˈɫaɪtmoʊˌtif/
noun
a theme that appears in a literary or musical piece several times and is associated with a particular person, idea or object

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love interest

love interest

/lˈʌv ˈɪntɹəst/
noun
a character in a movie or narrative who is the romantic partner of the main character

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lyricism

lyricism

/ˈɫɪɹɪˌsɪzəm/
noun
the creative and imaginative expression of powerful feelings in art, poetry, music, etc.

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message

message

/ˈmɛsədʒ/, /ˈmɛsɪdʒ/
noun
a political, social or moral theme or idea that a movie, book, speech, etc. conveys

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metaphor

metaphor

/ˈmɛtəfɔɹ/
noun
a type of figure of speech by which a person describes something or someone by referring to something or someone else to point out their similarities or emphasize them or give a better description of what they mean

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motif

motif

/moʊˈtif/
noun
a subject, idea, or phrase that is repeatedly used in a literary work or musical composition

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narration

narration

/nɛˈɹeɪʃən/
noun
the act of telling or explaining a story, particularly in a movie, novel, etc.

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narrative

narrative

/ˈnæɹətɪv/, /ˈnɛɹətɪv/
noun
a story or an account of something especially one that is told in a movie, novel, etc.

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narrator

narrator

/ˈnɛɹeɪtɝ/
noun
the person who tells the story in a novel, poem, etc.

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passage

passage

/ˈpæsədʒ/, /ˈpæsɪdʒ/
noun
a brief part of a book, piece of music or other composition

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plot

plot

/ˈpɫɑt/
noun
the events that are crucial to the formation and continuity of a story in a movie, play, novel, etc.

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poetic license

poetic license

/poʊˈɛɾɪk lˈaɪsəns/
noun
the freedom to deviate from facts, rules or conventional forms practiced by an artist or author in order to gain a desired effect

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point of view

point of view

/pˈɔɪnt ʌv vjˈuː/
noun
the perspective from which the narrator tells a story

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prolixity

prolixity

/pɹəlˈɪksɪɾi/
noun
the fact of being bombarded with words, therefore creating a tedious effect

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protagonist

protagonist

/pɹoʊˈtæɡənəst/
noun
the main character in a movie, novel, TV show, etc.

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the second person

the second person

/sˈɛkənd pˈɜːsən/
noun
a point of view in a story that uses the pronoun 'You' to imply that the audience is a character or the protagonist

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setting

setting

/ˈsɛtɪŋ/
noun
the time and place in which the story of a movie, play, etc. is taking place

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storyline

storyline

/ˈstɔɹiˌɫaɪn/
noun
the plot of a movie, play, novel, etc.

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style

style

/ˈstaɪɫ/
noun
a specific way of writing, designing, painting, etc. that is typical of a certain era , person, movement, place, etc.

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subplot

subplot

/ˈsəbpɫɑt/
noun
a series of events in a novel, movie, etc. that is separate from the main story and is less important but is linked to it

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superhero

superhero

/ˌsupɝˈhiɹoʊ/
noun
a fictional character with special and strange powers

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supervillain

supervillain

/sˈuːpɚvˌɪlən/
noun
a fictional character with superpowers who is morally evil

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tension

tension

/ˈtɛnʃən/
noun
a strained situation resulted from an interplay of dramatic forces in a literary or artistic piece

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theme

theme

/ˈθim/
noun
a recurring element that is the main idea or subject in a literary or artistic piece

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third person

third person

/θˈɜːd pˈɜːsən/
noun
a way of telling or writing a story in which the narrator is not part of the story but knows everything

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tone

tone

/ˈtoʊn/
noun
the general manner or attitude of the author in a literary work

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twist

twist

/ˈtwɪst/
noun
an unexpected turn in the course of events

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villain

villain

/ˈvɪɫən/
noun
the main bad character in a movie, story, play, etc.

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