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1-28 literary terms


The significant pattern of action in a short story, novel, or play.


The method an author uses to acquaint the reader with his or her characters.

Factual Prose and Fiction

Two broad classifications of prose literature.


The place and time in which the events of the narrative occur.


Form of metaphor in which the object, animal, or idea acts like a human.


Comparison between two things that really are different but share common elements.


Like simile, is a comparison but is implied rather than stated.


A reference to another work of literature or to a familiar person, place, or event outside of literature.


The use of words to imitate sounds (pop crunch etc.)


Person, place, event, or object which has meaning in itself but suggests other meanings.


Authors use of hints/clues to show about events that will occur in future.


Repeated consonant sounds occurring at the beginning of words and within words


Conversation between charcters in a short story, novel, play, poem, or work of nonfiction

Figurative Language

Any language which deviates from literal language so as to furnish novel effects or fresh insights into the suject being discussed.


The stated or implied attitude of an author toward his subject in a particular literary work. The author reveals his attitude through his choice of words and details


The underlying meaning of a literary work, a general truth about life or mankind. A theme may be stated or implied. Not every literary work contains a theme.


A person, place, event, or object which has a meaning in itself but suggests other meanings as well.


A literary work in which the author ridicules the vices or follies of mankind, usually for the purpose of producing some change in attitude or action.


A series of stressed and unstressed sound in a group of words.

Point of View

The author's choice of a narrator for his story.(know the types of points of view if you want me to put it on here message me)

Irony of Situation

Based on the difference between the way events work out and what is expected to happen or what seems appropriate.

Irony of Tone

Extends verbal irony to include lengthy passages or even an entire work in which an author expresses an attitude opposite to what he feels


An interruption in the action of a story, play, or work of nonfiction to show an episode that happened at an earlier time.


An exaggerated statement used to heighten effect


Concrete details that appeal t the senses.


A reasonable and intelligent conclusion drawn from hints provided by the author.

Verbal Irony

The contrast of saying the opposite of what is actually meant.


The contrast between what is expected, or what appears to be, and what actually is.

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