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Literary Devices Figurative Language

plot the story itself; a series of interrelated events/actions that create the story conflict struggle between two opposing forces or characters; can be internal or external setting the time and place in which the events occur within a work theme the general idea or insight about life that the writer wants to send the reader; can be stated or implied tone the attitude the writer has toward the reader, his characters, or his subject matter mood the feeling given to the reader, usually through the…
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theme
The main idea of the novel or poem; a statement about life.
tone
The writer's attitude towards the theme.
mood
the feeling given to the reader, usually through the setting
symbolism
when objects represent something else
foreshadowing
a hint of what is to come in the story
verbal irony
contrast between what is said and what is meant; kind of like sarcasm
situational irony
when the opposite of what is expected to happen does happen
allusion
a reference to a famous person, place, event, or literary work
personification
giving human characteristics to ideas, objects, or animals
oxymoron
a phrase that contains two opposing words
simile
a comparison of two unlike things using like or as
metaphor
a comparison or two unlike things without using like or as
alliteration
repetition of initial consonant sounds
hyperbole
elaborate exaggeration
imagery
a collection of word pictures that appeal to the reader using 5 senses
onomatopoeia
using a word whose sound imitates the object being described
idiom
A saying that has a figurative meaning, which is different from the literal meaning.