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Antagonist: A person or a force opposing the protagonist. Example: In Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, the white whale was Captain Ahab's antagonist
Iambic Pentameter: This common line verse consists of five verse feet with each foot consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. William Shakespeare's plays are written almost entirely in iambic pentameter.
Irony: A contrast between what is stated and what is meant or between what is expected to happen and what actually happens.
Myth: A story often about immortals that attempts to give meaning to the mysteries of the world.
Protagonist: The main character of a book on whom the action centers around.
Symbol: Any object, place, person or action that has a meaning in itself and that also stands for something larger than itself. Example: A rose is often a symbol for beauty or love.
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