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Short Story Literary Terms (Second Half)

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Sensory details
Language that appeals specifically to the five senses.
Figurative language
Simile, metaphor, imagery, symbols, and allusion.
Simile
Comparison between two unlike things using "like" or "as".
Metaphor
Comparison between two unlike things using "is" or form of "is".
Imagery
Specific sense of images, also sensory detail.
Symbols
A person, place, thing, or idea that stands for something else.
Allusion
A reference to a person, place, event, thing, etc. that is known from literature, religion, history, myths, pop culture, etc.
Repetition
Words or groups of words that are repeated.
Onomatopoeia
Words that imitate sounds.
Flashback
A scene that interrupts the normal chronological sequence of events in a story to depict something that happened at an earlier time.
Foreshadowing
The use of clues to hint at what is going to happen later in the plot.
Irony
The opposite of what is meant or expected.
Verbal irony
A writer or speaker says one thing but really means something completely different.
Situational irony
What we expect to happen is the opposite of what really does take place.
Dramatic irony
The audience or the reader knows something important that a character in a play or story does not know.
Tone
The attitude a writer takes toward the reader, a subject, or character.
Mood
The feeling a piece of literature arouses in the reader.
Title
The title of a piece of literature generally suggests the subject or the theme of that piece.
Theme
What the author wants us to know about the general truth of the story; the central idea of literature.
Visual imagery
Sight.
Auditory imagery
Sound.
Olfactory imagery
Smell.
Gustatory imagery
Taste.
Tactile imagery
Touch.
Kinesthetic imagery
Movement.