Common Literary Devices
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repetition of a single letter or combination of letters.
a brief reference to a presumably familiar person or thing
one who opposes the actions and efforts of the main character.
the mood or feeling evoked by the story.
how the character's personality is revealed.
the moment in the story when the conflict reaches its highest point of tension.
Conflict (and types)
the opposition of two forces or characters. (external conflict)(internal conflict).
The unraveling of the plot, the clarification of unknown items, or the solution of a mystery.
The way of speaking that is peculiar to a locality, religion, or group.
A summary of background information on the characters that is presented as it happens.
A movement in time from the present back to former time to provide background information.
Information given to the reader that provides a hint of what will happen later in the story.
The main character; protagonist.
Language that appeals to the senses.
A contrast between what is expected and what really happens; the opposite of what is meant.
A comparison between two things.
The atmosphere or feeling.
The internal factors that cause a character to act in a particular way.
The character telling the story.
A word that sounds like the thing it refers to.
Putting two contradictory words together.
Giving human qualities to animals or objects.
A word is used which has two meanings at the same time, which results in humor.
Point of View
The perspective from which the story is told.
The story ends, problems are solved.
Events leading to the climax.
A form of irony that makes fun of the faults of people with the best interests of society in mind.
A comparison using like or as.
An object that represents an idea or set of ideas.
The central meaning behind the story.
A manner of expression showing the attitude of the story.
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