literary devices

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alliteration

the occurrence of the same initial sound in several words in succession

allusion

a reference to something literary, mythological, or historical that the author assumes the reader will recognize

anaphora

repetition of a word, phrase, or clause at the beginning of two or more sentences in a row. This is a deliberate form of repetition and helps make the writer's point more coherent.

anthropomorphism

the attribution of human characteristics to animals or inanimate objects

apostrophe

a direct address to someone who is not there,

diction

word choice

foil

A character who is in most ways opposite to the main character (protagonist) or one who is nearly the same as the protagonist. The purpose of the foil character is to emphasize the traits of the main character by contrast only

foreshadowing

the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot

hyperbole

Exaggeration

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