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English 11 Lit Terms 2014
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reference to something famous (literature, a person, date, place, work of art, etc).
giving human characteristics to a nonhuman thing
comparing two unlike things, sometimes calling one thing another
comparing two unlike things using "like" or "as"
the person or force working against the main character
the main character
moral or message of the story
actors in a story
when and where a story takes place
events that take place in a story
showing events that take place before the start of a work
a vivid sensory description
language particular to a specific geographic region or social group
a sudden overwhelming realization
words that by their sounds suggest their meaning: hiss, buzz, sizzle
stream of consciousness
the continuous flow of ideas and feelings that constitute an individual's conscious experience.
person, place or object that has a concrete meaning in itself, but also stands for something beyond itself, such as an idea or feeling, as a flag represents America
figure of speech in which the truth is exaggerated for emphasis or humorous effect
a statement that might seem to contradict itself by is nevertheless true, for example, "less is more"
hints at what is to come
a play on words using two words that sound the same but have different meanings
when events happen the opposite way you would expect
when the reader/audience has information the characters do not, often causing tension
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