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Literary Terms

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Allegory

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

 


Alliteration

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

 


Diction

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

 


Exposition

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

 

"Information Dump"

see Basil Exposition

 


Fable

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

 


Imagery

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

 


Parody

 


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

 


Satire

A humorous attack to expose and critique

 

 

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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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