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English vocab

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Alliteration
the use of words that begin with the same sound near one another (as in wild and woolly or a babbling brook)
Allusion
a brief reference to a person, event, place, or phrase
Characterization
the way an author presents characters
Connotation
the emotions, values, or images associated with a word
Denotation
Dictionary Definition of a word
Detail
Thorough description
Diction
word choice used to convey a certain effect.
Dialect
The language of a particular district, class, or group of persons.
Dialogue
a conversation between two or more persons
Flashback
a past incident recurring clearly in the mind
Foreshadowing
indicates beforehand, portend, foretell
Imagery
language that suggests how someone or something looks, sounds, feels, smells, or tastes
Metaphor
comparison of things not using like or as
Personification
act of ascribing human qualities to an inhuman object.
Point of view
the perspective from which the story is told.
Omniscient narrator
knows everything, may reveal the motivations, thoughts and feelings of the characters, and gives the reader information.
Limited narrator
presents the action and the characters' speech, without comment or emotion. The reader has to interpret them and uncover their meaning.
Setting
environment, time and place of the action in a book
Simile
comparison of things using like or as
Symbol
a word or object that stands for another word or object.
Theme
a common threads or repeated idea that is incorporated throughout a literary work
Tone
the writer's attitude toward the material and/or readers.
Motif
A distinctive or repeated idea used in a literary piece of work.