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Important Literary Terms
Terms in this set (27)
the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words; series of similar sounds
example:Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
a figure of speech comparing two unlike things without using like or as
example: The small vessel was a ping pong ball bouncing on the ocean during the storm.
words that imitate sounds
example: hum, hiss, buzz
a figure of speech giving inanimate objects human qualities
comparison using like or as
an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
example: hit the books
when reality is different from appearance; implied meaning of statement is opposite
the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences; appropriate word order
a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
a figure of speech consisting of two apparently contradictory terms
example: deafening silence or jumbo shrimp
where and when the story takes place
pattern or sequence of events in a play, poem, story, or movie
opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)
example: character vs. self, character vs. character, character vs. nature, character vs. society
the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features
a scene or event from the past that appears out of order, to fill in information, or explain part of the plot
the use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot; information presented to prepare for later events
the mood of a piece of work
central idea of a work of literature; message of the work
to draw a reasoonable conclusion from the information presented.
repeating a word or phrase; rewording the same idea
Words that have similar or the same meaning
A word that means the opposite of another word
A narrative device; The introductory material which gives the setting, creates the tone, presents the characters, and presents other facts necessary to understanding the story.
The series of conflicts or struggles that build a story toward a climax; where the main character faces a series of conflict
That point in a plot that creates the greatest intensity, suspense, or interest; usually the point at which the conflict is resolved; the most exciting part of the story when we learn the outcome
Events leading to the end of the story
Closing of the story that ties everything together, Also called the denouement, this is the final stage in the plot of a drama or work of fiction. Here the action comes to an end and remaining loose ends are tied up.