Literary Terms

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theme

main idea of a literary work

simile

a comparison between two unlike things, using "like" or "as" with the intent of giving a meaning to one of them

foreshadowing

hints or clues of things to come

personification

a figure of speech in which a non-human or inanimate object, quality, or idea is given lifelike characteristics or powers

metaphor

a comparison between two unlike things with the intent of giving added meaning to one of them

imagery

language that appeals to one or more of the senses and creates pictures and impressions in the reader's mind

hyperbole

a deliberate exaggeration for the purpose of emphasis or humor; overstatement

mood

the dominant emotional climate that the reader senses or feels

tone

an author's attitude towards the reader

flashback

a device by which an author interrupts the logical time sequence of a story or play to relate an episode that occurred prior to the poening situation

allusion

a reference to a person, place, event, or artistic work that the author expects the reader to recognize

setting

the time and place of the events in a story

jargon

language that is used or understood by a select group of people

conflict

a struggle between opposing forces, people, or ideas in a story, novel, play, or narrative poem

irony

a contrast between what is stated and what is really meant or between what is expected and what actually happened

dramatic irony

when the audience knows more than the characters

verbal irony

difference between what is said and what is meant

symbolism

a person, place, event, or object that is real in itself and also suggests something larger than itself, such as a quality, an attitude, a belief or a value

motif

recurring structures or ideas

foil

character who by contrast emphasizes the qualities of another

dialogue

conversation between two or more characters in a story

atmosphere

dominant emotional climate the reader senses or feels (mood)

characterization

words the author uses to describe a character, what a character says, does, and feels

climax

highest point of a story

protagonist

main character

antagonist

main character's enemy

alliteration

repeating letters or sounds

onomatopoeia

sound word

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