Literary Terms #3
Terms in this set (20)
a moment of sudden revelation or insight
ex: When Huck says, "All right, then, I'll GO to hell!" Then he tears up the letter he had to turn in Jim.
an inscription on a tombstone or a burial place
ex: description of a person, quote
a term to point out characteristics of a person, place, or thing
ex: Swift-footed Achilles
•Man's best friend <<dog>>
•King of Rock-n-Roll <<Elvis Presley>>
•Roarin' Twenties <<1920s>>
a formal speech praising a person who has died
an indirect, less offensive way of saying that is considered to be unpleasant
ex: "You are becoming a little thin on top." When referring to someone balding.
a comparison of two things at length and sustained through the discourse or novel
a brief story that leads to a moral, often using animals as characters
ex: Aesop's Fables <<Tortoise and the Hare>>
a story that concerns an unreal world or characters
ex: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings
language employing one or more figures of speech
ex: simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personafication, alliteration, oxymoron, idioms
the insertion of an earlier event into the normal chronological order of a narrative
ex: Ethan Frome, The Great Gatsby
a characters whose traits contrast with those of another character
ex: Tom Sawyer- dreamer and romantic
Huck Finn- realist
<<Ethan Frome>>: Zeena and Mattie
hints or clues to indicate events that will occur in a story
ex: <<Ethan Frome>>: the smashup
Weather: Flood at the end indicated by river or storm at the beginning
a story within a story
ex: Ethan Frome, Titanic
a major category or type of literature
ex: fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction
excessive pride or arrogance that results in the downfall of the protagonist in a tragedy
ex: Odysseus escapes Cyclops, instead of fleeing he yells with pride. Poseidon punishes him.
a figure of speech in which the truth is exaggerated for emphasis or effect
ex: "I wish she could brush my hair for a thousand years."
descriptive words and phrases a writer uses to recreate sensory experiences appealing to the 5 sense: sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch
a conclusion one draws based on a premise or evidence
ex: Huck's food "barrel of odds and ends" means that he eats scraps.
a sharp contrast between appearance and reality
ex: <<dramatic>>: Romeo and Juliet
<<verbal>>: "Gentleman you can't fight in here, this is the war room."
placing two elements side by side to present a comparison or contrast
ex: Judges-unbiased opinion
Making a mountain out of a molehill.
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