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all twenty nine literary terms


An expression that cannot be understood if taken literally (ex- "Get your head out of the clouds").

dynamic character

someone who changes in an important way during the course of the story

flat character

A character who shows only one main characteristic during the course of a work of literature.

third person point of view

someone on the outside is looking in and telling the story as he/she see it unfold.


the deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs


use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse


a reference to something literary, mythological, or historical that the author assumes the reader will recognize


the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype.


repetition of vowel sounds


a person or animal who takes part in the action of a literary work


word choice


a regional variety of a language, with differences in vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation; also a form of a language spoken by members of a particular social class or profession


a scene that interrupts the action of a work to show a previous event


the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot


description that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)


opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)


an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot


the overall emotion created by a work of literature


(logic) a self-contradiction


the sequence of events in a story

point of view

the perspective from which a story is told

first person point of view

a character in the story is actually telling the story himself/herself

rhetorical shift

Refers to a change or movement in a piece resulting from an epiphany, realization, or insight gained by the speaker, a character, or the reader


The time and place of a story


when a thing represents more than just itself


Figure of speech in which a part stands for the whole


central idea of a work of literature


The attitude of the author toward the audience and characters (e.g., serious or humorous).


Uncertainty or anxiety the reader feels about what is going to happen next in a story

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