The repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words or accented syllables.
A reference to a well-known person, place, even, literary work, or work of art.
A comparison between unlike things.
Term applied to an image of plot pattern, character or symbol type that occurs frequently in literature, touches the unconscious memory, and evokes strong emotions.
The means by which a writer reveals a character's personality.
All the emotions associated with a word.
The form of a language spoken by people in a particular region or group. Pronunciation, vocabulary, and sentence structure are affected by dialect.
A conversation between characters.
The choice of words that an author uses. To discuss a writer's diction is to consider the vocabulary used, the appropriateness of the words, and the vividness of the language.
The author directly states a character's traits.
A comparison that involves several ideas and continues for an extended time.
A character in the story is telling the story, and readers only know what this character sees and hears.
Writing or speech that is not meant to be interpreted literally (simile, metaphor, personification...).
A section of a literary work that interrupts the sequence of events to relate an event from an earlier time.
The use of clues in a literary work that suggest events which have not yet occurred.
The descriptive or figurative language used in literature to create word pictures for the reader.
A method of characterization in which an author tells what a character does and says and how other characters react to him or her. It is up to readers to draw conclusions about this character based on his indirect information.
The general name given to literacy techniques that involve differences between appearance and reality, expectation and result, or meaning and intention.
The use of words in the ordinary sense; the opposite of figurative language.
Figure of speech in which one thing is compared to another (e.g. life is a broken-winged bird).
A speaker who tells a story; a narrator can be a character in the story or someone outside observer.
An all-knowing third person narrator who reveals what characters are thinking and feeling.
A type of figurative language in which a nonhuman subject is given human qualities.
Point Of View
The perspective from which a story is told.
The time and place of action.
A figure of speech in which like or as is used to make a comparison between two basically unlike subjects.
Anything that stands for or represents something else. An object that serves as a symbol has its own meaning, but it also represents abstract ideas.
The act of creating and developing a character.
The set of associations that occur to people when they hear or read a word.
The dictionary meaning of a word.
The entire body of words used in a text. Language is abstract in that it describes the force or quality of the diction, images, and details that an author uses.
The feeling created by the author for the reader.
A feeling of curiosity or uncertainty about the outcome of events in a literary work.
A writer's distinctive mode of expression.
A central message or insight into life revealed through the literacy work. It is not a condensed summary, but rather a generalization about human beings or about life that the literacy work communicates.
The writer's attitude toward his or her subject; it can often be described by a single adjective.