Literary Elements & Techniques

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Theme
the central message of a story
Plot
a series of events in a story
Author
the person who writes a story
Title
the name of a story
Setting
the time, place, and environment of a story
Characters
are the people, animals, or things that act like people in the story
Conflict
the problem or struggle between opposing forces
Literary Elements
the parts of a story
Foreshadowing
the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot
Climax
the turning point in a story; the most exciting moment of the story
Simile
comparison using like or as. "She is beautiful like a rose".
Metaphor
comparison not using like or as. "My heart is a rock."
Hyperbole
exaggeration "My heart burns when I look at you."
Personification
giving human qualities to animals or objects. "The pure moon has to shut its eyes when you come by."
onomatopoeia
Use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning., words that sound like what they mean."Meow" "Buzz" "Boom"
Imagery
descriptive language that create a picture or a concrete sensation, "The beautiful, white snow was falling gently and touching my nose on that cold winter day.
Mood
the feeling created in a reader by a text.
Tone
how the author feels about what they are writing about, The attitude of the author toward the audience and characters (e.g., serious or humorous).
Point of view
the perspective from which a story is told. FIrst person "I". Third person "he/she"
Flashback
interruption in the present action of a plot to show events that happened in the past
Symbolism
the use of one thing to stand for or represent another. "A heart represents love."
Repetion
repeating a sound, word, phrase, sentence or other element. "The bells, bells, bells, bells, toll..."
Irony
the opposite of what is expected
Foil
Character who is used as a contrast to another character (opposite characters)
Static Character
A character that does not change from the beginning of the story to the end
Dynamic Character
a character that changes throughout the story