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flashback
literary device that allows writers to show their audience specific events that happened before the current action of the story
genre
category system that literature falls into based on specific conventions that develop to characterize the differences
irony
verbal, situational, or dramatic and has the result of the meaning, situation, or action being one thing but meaning something different
parody
type of literary work that satirizes another work, its author, or the ideas presented
satire
type of literary device where an author ridicules specific people, groups, or some aspect of society
setting
where the story takes place
sonnet
type of poem that has a specific ryme or meter
subplot
minor story that runs inside the main story
symbol
concrete or physical object that represents an abstract concept
tone
how the writer feels about his subject that comes through based upon the types of words chosen
mood
how the reader feels about the story
theme
an abstraction that represents the central idea of the story
narrator
tells the story either in the first, second, or third person point of view
climax
the most exciting part of a story where all of the main conflict comes together
allusion
an intentional reference to another literary work or piece of art that the reader should understand in order to make connections
foreshadowing
when the author hints at actions that will come in the future
onomatopeia
word that describes words that represent sounds
metaphor
comparision of two different things to make them more alike
personafication
when an author gives human traits to animals or some other lifeless object
refrain
repetition of sounds or words to form a pattern
imagery
a writer's vivid description that help readers visualize
metaphor example
time is money
personification example
the house stared angrily at its new occupants
genre example
western, science fiction, documentary
symbol example
a flag represents freedom
theme example
greed, love, sadness
setting example
new york, new york, at the turn of the century
sonnet example
shakesperian and patrarchan
satire example
jonathan swift's GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
irony example
"gentlemen! you can't fight in here. this is the war room" (DR. STRANGELOVE directed by Stanley Kubrick)
tone exapmle
"she got out her curling irons and lighted the gas and went to work repairing the ravages made by generosity added to love. which is always a tremendous task, dear friends--a mammoth task." ("GIFT OF THE MAGI" by O. Henry)
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