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Alliteration

the use of words that begin with the same sound near one another (as in wild and woolly or a babbling brook)

Allusion

a brief reference to a person, event, place, or phrase

Characterization

the way an author presents characters

Connotation

the emotions, values, or images associated with a word

Denotation

Dictionary Definition of a word

Detail

Thorough description

Diction

word choice used to convey a certain effect.

Dialect

The language of a particular district, class, or group of persons.

Dialogue

a conversation between two or more persons

Flashback

a past incident recurring clearly in the mind

Foreshadowing

indicates beforehand, portend, foretell

Imagery

language that suggests how someone or something looks, sounds, feels, smells, or tastes

Metaphor

comparison of things not using like or as

Personification

act of ascribing human qualities to an inhuman object.

Point of view

the perspective from which the story is told.

Omniscient narrator

knows everything, may reveal the motivations, thoughts and feelings of the characters, and gives the reader information.

Limited narrator

presents the action and the characters' speech, without comment or emotion. The reader has to interpret them and uncover their meaning.

Setting

environment, time and place of the action in a book

Simile

comparison of things using like or as

Symbol

a word or object that stands for another word or object.

Theme

a common threads or repeated idea that is incorporated throughout a literary work

Tone

the writer's attitude toward the material and/or readers.

Motif

A distinctive or repeated idea used in a literary piece of work.

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