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LITERARY DEVICES

HOW MANY LITERARY DEVICES DO YOU REMEMBER?

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SuspenseThe uncertainty or anxiety the reader feels about what will happen next in a story.
FlashbackAn interruption in the action of a plot to tell what happened at an earlier time.
DenotationThe literal, dictionary definition of a word.
ConnotationThe feelings and association that a word suggests.
Figure of speechA word or phrase that describes one thing in terms of something else and is not literally true.
ConflictA struggle or clash between opposing characters or opposing forces.
DialectA way of speaking that is characteristic of a particular region or group of people.
ToneThe attitude that a writer takes toward an audience, a subject, or a character.
AtmosphereThe overall mood or emotion of a work of literature.
OxymoronA phrase that consists of two words that are contradictory.
SymbolismThe use, in literature, of objects or events that represent universal, human themes, ideas or emotions.
HyperboleAn exagerated statement used for effect and not meant to be taken literally.
SatireA mode of writing that exposes the failings of individuals, institutions, or societies to ridicule and scorn.
AllegoryA story or visual image with a second distinct meaning partially hidden behind its literal or visable meaning.
AllusionA reference to a statement, a person, a place, or an event from literature, history, religion, mythology, politics, sports, or science.
OnomatopoeiaThe use of words with sounds that echo their sense.
IronyIn general, a contrast between expectation and reality.
AlliterationThe repetition of the same or very similar consonant sounds in words that are close together.
AutobiographyThe story of a person's life, written or told by that person.
BiographyThe story of a real person's life, written or told by another person.
CharacterA person or animal that takes part of thew action in a story, play, or other literary work.
CharacterizationThe process of revealing the personality of a character in a story.
DialogueA conversation between two or more characters.
DramaA story written to be acted in front of an audience.
FableA brief story in prose or verse that teaches a moral or gives a pratical lesson about how to get along in life.
FictionA prose account that is made up rather than true.
Folk TaleA story with, no known author, that originally wasa passed on from one generation to another by word of mouth.
ForeshadowingThe use of clues to suggest events that will happen later in the plot.
ImageryLanguage that appeals to the senses.
MetaphorAn imaginative comparison between to unlike things in which one thing is said to be another thing.
MythA story that explains something about the world and typically involves gods or other superhuman beings.
NonfictionProse writing that deals with real people, events, and places without changing any facts.
NovelA fictional story that is usually between one hundred and five hundred pages long.
PersonificationA figure of speech in which a nonhuman thing or quality is talked about as if it was human.
PlotThe series of related events that make up a story.
Point of viewThe vantage point from which the story is told.
OmniscientAll knowing point of view.
Third personlimited point of view.
First personOne of the characters using the personal pronoun I.
SettingThe time and place in which the events of a work of literature take place.
Short storyA fictional prose narrative that is usually ten to twenty book pages long.
SimileA comparison between two unlike things, using a word such as like, than, or resembles.
ThemeThe idea about life revealed in a work of literature.


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