25 terms

Schrammlit Vocab 1

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allegory
an expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances
allusion
passing reference or indirect mention
analogy
drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect
genre
a kind of literary or artistic work
hyperbole
extravagant exaggeration
imagery
Description that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)
verbal irony
occurs when what is said contradicts what is meant or thought
dramatic irony
(theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
situational or cosmic irony
when a writer uses God, destiny, or fate to dash the hopes and expectations of a character or humankind in general
metaphor
a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity
mood
a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling
motif
A recurring theme, subject or idea
narrative
consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story
narrator
someone who tells a story
personification
representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature
first person point of view
pronouns and verbs used to refer to the speaker or writer of the language in which they occur
third person point of view
pronouns and verbs that are used to refer to something other than the speaker or addressee of the language in which they occur
objective narrator
the narrator offers no opinions or interpretations of characters thoughts
limited narrator
a narrator who presents the story as it is seen and understood by a single character and restricts information to what is seen, heard, thought, or felt by that one character
omniscient narrator
a narrator who is able to know, see, and tell all, including the inner thoughts and feelings of the characters
simile
a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')
symbol
something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible
theme
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
tone
the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
characterization
the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features