Literary Terms

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alliteration
the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words
irony
a contrast between what is expected and what actually happens
mood
a feeling the writing/literature conveys to the readers
setting
the time and place of the action of the story
allusion
a reference to a work of literature or to a person, place, or event
outside of literature with which the reader is expected to be familiar
analogy
example: Chapter is to book as month is to year
conflict
struggle between opposing forces (man vs man)
dialogue
written conversation between two or more characters
imagery
writing that paints a colorful picture by using many adjectives
metaphor
compares two things without using like or as (The plane was a
ribbon in the sky.)
personification
human qualities given to an object, an animal, or an idea
antagonist
a person or thing working against the main character
antonym
words that are opposites of one another
flashback
when an author goes back to an earlier time in the story
foreshadowing
when a writer provides hints that suggest future events in a story
homonym
words that sound the same such as hear and hear
motivation
the reason why a character acts, feels, or thinks a certain way
symbol
a real object used to present an idea (dove=peace)
anecdote
a brief account of an incident that is made to entertain or make a point
characterization
all the techniques a writer uses to create characters
context clues
hints or suggestions that help clarify the meaning of the word
genre
a type or category of literature
protagonist
the central character of a story often called the hero
simile
comparison between two things using the words "like" or "as"
synonym
words that mean the same (courage and bravery)
voice
an author's distinctive style or manner of expression.
claim
an arguable statement
point of view
the angle from which a story is told
idiom
a figure of speech such as "to let the cat out of the bag"
inference
An idea or conclusion that is drawn from evidence and reasoning
details
facts that support ideas
theme
the message or central idea of the story
unbiased
Disinterested
structure
organization of a text
source
A book, article, person, or other resource consulted for information
summarize
give the main point or idea
hyperbole
A figure of speech in which the truth is exaggerated
Concepts of Plot
Includes the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution
Context Clues
Hints or suggestions that help clarify the meaning of the word