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English Literary Terms
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Repetition of consonant sounds.
Beginning of words close together
Example: sally sells sea shells by the sea shore
An event or situation that may be interpreted in more than one way.
Example: the bark was painful
A comparison of two different things that are similar in some way
A statement in which two opposing ideas are balanced
the balanced structure between the opposites highlights the contrast between them.
Repetition of a vowel sound within two or more words in close proximity
A literary work in which characters, objects, or actions represent symbols
used to teach lessons, explain moral concepts, and show the authors view on a certain situation.
A recurring symbol, or motif throughout literature that represents universal patterns of human nature
hero: Martin Luther King
A method an author uses to let readers know more about the characters and their personal traits.
physical traits, personality, how they act, think and speak
A worn-out idea or overused expression
Repetition of a consonant sound within two or more words in close proximity.
can appear anywhere in words
A moment of sudden revelation or insight
leads to new perspective that clarifies a problem or situation
The dictionary definition of a word
not the actual definition but the meaning the word implies
Implied meaning of a word
A writer's or speaker's choice of words
style author uses
A figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
An interruption in the action of a plot to tell what happened at an earlier time
A narrative device that hints at coming events; often builds suspense or anxiety in the reader.
Language that appeals to the senses
allows reader to better understand
A contrast between expectation and reality
A figure of speech in which what is said is the opposite of what is meant
An outcome that turns out to be very different from what was expected
Irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play.
A comparison without using like or as
A word that imitates the sound it represents.
Placement of two things closely together to emphasize comparisons or contrasts
Feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader
Attitude a writer takes toward the works central theme or subject
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
A character who is in most ways opposite to the main character (protagonist) or one who is nearly the same as the protagonist.
point of view
The perspective from which a story is told
first person singular, first person plural, third person
A comparison using like or as
A recurring theme, subject or idea
Central idea of a work of literature
not specifically said in context but instead it is expressed through characters
The author's choices regarding language, sentence structure, voice, and tone in order to communicate with the reader.
A device in literature where an object represents an idea.
Repeated use of sounds, words, or ideas for effect and emphasis
there can be more than one
A play on words
Ordinary form of written language
Freytags plot pyramid
resolution or denouement
intro of characters
and context of main conflict
important events leading to climax
most tension in story
important events leading to denouement
resolution or denouement
the solution or ending of story
Conversation between two or more characters
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