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Literary Devices and Examples 2018

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personification
human characteristics of inanimate objects
simile
compare two unlike things USING like or as
metaphor
compare two unlike things WITHOUT like or as
hyperbole
exaggeration
imagery
appealing to the senses
Simile ex
Cool as the other side of a pillow.
Metaphor ex
That fullback is a mac truck!
Personification ex
Lightning danced across the sky
Imagery ex
Glittering white, the blanket of snow covered everything in sight.
Hyperbole ex
I can't live without my cellphone!
foreshadow
hints and clues to events that will happen later in the plot
foreshadow ex
A gun is found in a drawer and later on a shooting happens.
allusion
referring to a famous work, art, person, or monument
allusion ex
My mother smiles like Mona Lisa.
alliteration
Repetition of initial consonant sounds.
alliteration ex
When the west wind come, it is wonderful.
onomatopoiea
sound words
onomatopoiea ex
Bam! With a crash, the car hit the railing.
oxymoron
conjoining contradictory terms
oxymoron ex
There was a deafening silence in the room.
irony
A contrast between expectation and reality
irony ex
a character stepping out into a hurricane and saying, "What nice weather we're having!"
symbolism
when objects represent something else
symbolism ex
The witch offered her a red apple promising it was good.
theme
Central idea of a work of literature
theme ex
Love will always overcome evil because people are optomistic.
mood
How the reader feels while reading.
mood ex
Creepy: a dilapidated house in an empty forest