Study these terms and know how to recognize literary devices.
Terms in this set (22)
The main character of a novel, play, or story.
a character, group of characters, that is against the protagonist(s)
The main problem in the plot. Can be internal (within one character) or external (among or between characters, society, and/or nature).
The point at which the action in a story reaches its highest point - most excitement
The main idea of a story or book.
A comparison that uses "like" or "as" For example, "I'm as hungry as a wolf."
A comparison that doesn't use "like" or "as"—such as "He's a rock."
The means by which an author establishes character. Description of the appearance and personality of character, etc. Can be direct or indirect.
Giving non-living objects human characteristics. For example, "The flames reached for the child hovering in the corner."
A technique in which an author gives clues about something that will happen later in the story.
A huge exaggeration. For example, "Dan's the funniest guy on the planet!"
The use of description that helps the reader imagine how something looks, sounds, feels, smells, or taste. For example, "The young bird's white, feathered wings flutter as he made his way across the nighttime sky."
A reference to another book or story, piece of art, or music or to a well known historical event, person, or place. It helps us to see a comparison with something else we may know better.
Language that does not mean exactly what it says. For example, you can call someone who is very angry "steaming."
words that imitate actual sounds made by actions or events; a word that sounds like its meaning ("Bang" "Buzz" "Brrrnnng")
The repetition of the same first letter sound.
Example: Sally Sells Seashells at the Seashore.
The use of vocabulary to describe something in a way that is other than it seems, or the opposite of what it seems. Example: Clear as mud
The use of one things to represent another. For example, a dove for peace. Fire for anger.
To put two things that are very different together in order to show contrast.
The emotional feeling or tone of a story or book
a form of word play that use words that have two or more meanings or sound the same, used to make a joke.
the repetition of the same vowel sounds inside of words that are close together. "Go mow the lawn"