Romeo and Juliet Literary Terms

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foil
a character who has qualities that are in sharp contrast to another character
foreshadowing
refers to hints in a piece of literature indicating what will happen later
irony
an outcome of events contrary to what was expected
pun
usually a humorous use of a word in such a way as to suggest two or more of its meanings; a play on words
conflict
a struggle between two opposing forces
metaphor
a direct comparison between things that are not truly alike
imagery
words and pictures that appeal to the five senses
soliloquy
longer speech that reveals the innermost thoughts and feelings of the character who speaks it
malapropism
comical mistake uttered by certain characters
theme
the underlying meaning or message of a work of literature
repetition
increases the tension and emotional impact of a speech or scene
oxymoron
when contradictory words are paired
hyperbole
obvious exaggeration

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