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Literary Terms

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A story in which the events and characters symbolize an idea, trait, historical event, or historical figure



Repetition of (initial) consonant sounds in order to

  • create melody
  • establish mood/atmosphere
  • call attention to
    • similar words or images
    • different words or images
    • important words or details 


     For the anal and interested 

          Consonance (also called partial consonance)

          Repetition of internal consonant sounds - TrouBLed by douBLing your efforts


          Full Consonance

          Repetition of initial and final consonant sounds - without rhyming - RooT, RighT, Rat, RaTe


          Terminal Consonance

          Repetition of final consonant sounds - falleN, opeN



Word choice to create a given effect or establish the style, atmosphere, or tone



Introductory information that establishes the setting, characters, atmosphere and other information necessary for understanding the plot.


"Information Dump"

see Basil Exposition



A short story with a moral - often including animals, often allegorical



A pattern of images that appeal to the senses in order to suggest importance, establish mood, and develop theme.


Irony - 3 Types

          Situational irony

          When there is a contrast between what is and what is expected.

          --A car crashes into a bus that has an ad on its side depicting a car crashing into a bus and the pitch, "Don't let life's accidents catch you uninsured."


          Verbal irony

          When one intentially says the opposite of what s/he means


          Dramatic irony

          When a character's words mean more than that character knows




Point of View - 3 Kinds

A literary term meaning the 'point of view' from which the narrative (story) is told

     First person: I

          The tense of the first-person narrative will dictate how insightful and self-aware the narrator is.

When an author chooses to use a first-person narrator, that character's voice and personality will affect not only how the narrattive is told, but what the narrative is.

          If the narrator is a child, the author often creates humor and conflict through that child's ignorance.

          Some novels have several first-person narrators, switching point of view between chapters.


     Second person : you (rare)


     Third person: he/she/they - 3 Kinds

          Third-person omniscient

               All-knowing--can get into the heads of all characters and know their past and fate

          Third-person limited-omniscient

               can, generally, get into only the protagonist's head and know the protagonist's past and fate

          Third-person limited

               can get into not character's head, is limited to only what a movie camera can observe



A humorous attack to expose and critique









Thesis Statement

An opinion supported by facts 

One Sentence

The last sentence of the intro P


  • Compelling
  • Debatable
  • Viable
  • Precise (fights vagueness)
  • Concise (fights wordiness)
  • Literary








Thesis Statement 



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