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Nikola Literary Devices Definitions
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a symbolic device where the meaning of a greater, often abstract, concept is conveyed with the aid of a more corporeal object or idea being used as an example
a literary device where words are used in quick succession and begin with letters belonging to the same sound group. The device involves creating a repetition of similar sounds in the sentence. They are also created when the words all begin with the same letter
figure of speech whereby the author refers to a subject matter such as a place, event, or literary work by way of a passing reference. It is up to the reader to make a connection to the subject being mentioned
a short verbal accounting of a funny, amusing, interesting event or incident. The story is usually a reminiscence from the teller's life but at best is a related story of fact, as opposed to a contrived work of fiction
the repetition of sounds produced by vowels within a sentence or phrase. This device can be understood to be a kind of alliteration. What sets it apart from alliterations is that it is the repetition of only vowel sounds
repetition of sounds in quick succession produced by consonants within a sentence or phrase. The repetitive sound is often found at the end of a word
the use of the dictionary definition or literal meaning of a word
associations people make with words that go beyond the literal or dictionary definition.
a literary device that is used as a descriptive device. It is usually used to add to a person or place's regular name and attribute some special quality to the same
the literary practice of using a comparatively milder or less abrasive form of a negative description instead of its original, unsympathetic form.
another character in a story who contrasts with the main character, usually to highlight one of their attributes
the use of indicative word or phrases and hints that set the stage for a story to unfold and give the reader a hint of something that is going to happen without revealing the story or spoiling the suspense
a literary device wherein the author uses specific words and phrases that exaggerate and overemphasize the basic crux of the statement in order to produce a grander, more noticeable effect. The purpose is to create a larger-than-life effect and overly stress a specific point.
the author uses words and phrases to create "mental images" for the reader. It helps the reader to visualize more realistically the author's writings.
any element, subject, idea or concept that is constantly present through the entire body of literature
refers to words whose very sound is very close to the sound they are meant to depict. In other words, it refers to sound words whose pronunciation to the actual sound they represent
it allows the author to use contradictory, contrasting concepts placed together in a manner that actually ends up making sense in a strange, and slightly complex manner
the use of concepts or ideas that are contradictory to one another, yet, when placed together hold significant value on several levels
a type of literary device whereby the author ascribes the human feelings of one or more of his or her characters to nonhuman objects or nature or phenomena. It is a type of personification, and is known to occur more by accident and less on purpose
refers to the practice of attaching human traits and characteristics with inanimate objects, phenomena and animals
used to identify and establish the time, place and mood of the events of the story
the practice of drawing parallels or comparisons between two unrelated and dissimilar things, people, beings, places and concepts
Stream of consciousness
an uninterrupted and unhindered collection and occurrence of thoughts and ideas in the conscious mind
literary device that contains several layers of meaning, often concealed at first sight, and is representative of several other aspects, concepts or traits than those that are visible in the literal translation alone
It can be an enduring pattern or motif throughout the literary work, occurring in a complex, long winding manner or it can be short and succinct and provide a certain insight into the story.
the perspective or attitude that the author adopts with regards to a specific character, place or development.
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