story in which people, places, or things symbolize something
repetition of sounds, most often consonant sounds, at the beginning of words (Silly Sam)
Words that convey sensory experiences-seeing, hearing, tasting, touching and smelling
a character or force that opposes the protaganist (central character)
repetition of same or similar vowel sounds in stressed syllables that end with different consonant sounds
an author's intent in writing a literary work (for example, to inform, entertain, persuade, tell astory or express an opinion)
a figure of speech that compares two or more things that have something in common/ it implies the comparison
the emotional quality or atmosphere of a story
a significant word, description, idea, or image that is repeated throughout a literary work and is related to its theme
the greatest emotional intensity, interest, or suspense in a narrative
any object, person, place, or experience that means more than what it is
a humorous imitation of another usually serious work.
a figure of speech in which an animal, object, force of nature, idea is given human qualities or ideas
point of view
relationship of the narrator, or storyteller to the story
a question asked for effect, not in expectation of a reply
part of the plot, when the conflict intensifies
writing that exposes and ridicules the vices or follies of people or societies
an extended, usually formal poem in which a speaker mourns the death or other great loss
along narrative poem that traces the life and adventures of a larger-than-life hero
agreeable sound (the phonetic quality of words)
A humorous scene or incident in an otherwise serious or tragic work.
an author's introduction of the characters, setting, and situation at the beginning of a story, novel, or play
the action that follows the climax
used to create vivid impressions by comparing dissimilar things ex: metaphors, similes, personification, etc
an acount of an event that happened before a story began
Reference in a work of literaure to a character, place, or situation from history or from another work of literature.
A comparison based on similarity between things that are otherwise dissimilar
The struggle between opposing forces in a story or play (external and internal)
Suggested or implied meaning of a word.
word or phrase that imitates or suggests the sound of what it describes (ex. buzz. hiss, crack)
literature that passes by word of mouth from one generation to the next
a figure of speech consisting of two apparently contradictory terms (ex. bright, darkness, wise fool, hateful love)
a simple story pointing to a moral or religious lesson
a character whose traits contrast with those of another character; a writer may call attention to the strengths and weakness of a main character
use of clues by the author to prepare readers for events that will happen later in a story
a category of literary work characterized by a particular form or style
a Japanese poetry form that has three lines and seventeen syllables
Literal or dictionary meaning of a word.
A French word meaning "unknotting" - resolution that explains the plot or unravels to mystery.
A variety of language or manner of speaking belonging to a specific group.
The writer's choice of words; an important element in the writer's voice or style.
The audience has important information in a literary work that characters do not have.
a short account of some interesting or humorous incident
a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or to evoke humor
specific grammatical and structural character of a given language; meanings of words that cannot be figured out by looking up the words in the dictionary; meanings that are understood by people who speak that language (ex. He let the cat out of the bag)
"Word Pictures" the writers create to help evoke an emotional response (Uses the 5 senses)
A contrast or descrepancy between appearance and reality, or between what is expected and what actually happens.
A situation or statement that seems to be impossible or contradictory but is nevertheless true, either literally or figuratively
the use of a series of words, phrases, or sentences that have similar grammatical form
Central character in a story, drama, or dramatic poem
Play on Words
part of a plot that concludes the falling action by revealing or suggesting the outcome of the conflict
time and place in which the events of a story, novel, or play occur
a figure of speech using like or as to compare seemingly unlike things
The actual outcome of a situation is the opposite of someone's expectations
a long speech spoken by a character in a dramatic work, who is typically alone on stage
a group of lines forming a unit in a poem
a feeling of curiosity, uncertainty, or even dread about what is going to happen next
the structure of a sentence
the central message of a story, poem, novel, or play that readers can apply to life
the main idea of a work of nonfiction/it may be stated directly or implied
a reflection of a writer's or speaker's attitude toward the subject
a play in which a main character, or tragic hero suffers a downfall
an author's distinctive use of language to convey the author's or narrator's personality to the reader