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.


Comparison between two unlike things using "like" or "as".


Comparison between two unlike things using "is" or form of "is".


Specific sense of images, also sensory detail.


A person, place, thing, or idea that stands for something else.


A reference to a person, place, event, thing, etc. that is known from literature, religion, history, myths, pop culture, etc.


Words or groups of words that are repeated.


Words that imitate sounds.


A scene that interrupts the normal chronological sequence of events in a story to depict something that happened at an earlier time.


The use of clues to hint at what is going to happen later in the plot.


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.


The attitude a writer takes toward the reader, a subject, or character.


The feeling a piece of literature arouses in the reader.


The title of a piece of literature generally suggests the subject or the theme of that piece.


What the author wants us to know about the general truth of the story; the central idea of literature.

Visual imagery


Auditory imagery


Olfactory imagery


Gustatory imagery


Tactile imagery


Kinesthetic imagery


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