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Literary Elements 09

lit elements

irony when one thing is expected to happen or be and the exact opposite occurs.
symbol the use of any object, person, place or action that both has a meaning in itself and that stands for something larger than itself
foreshadowing the use in a literary work of clues that suggest events that have yet to occur
setting the background against which action takes place
mood the feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage
imagery the words or phrases a writer uses to represent persons, objects, actions...by appealing to the five senses
protagonist the central character and focus of interest who is trying to accomplish or overcome an adversity
antagonist the character opposing the protagonist
simile a comparison of two different things or ideas through the use of the words like or as
metaphor a comparison of two unlike things not using like or as
personification writing that gives animals, inanimate objects or abstract ideas human characteristics
pun a play on words that are identical or similar in sound but have sharply different meanings.
oxymoron a form of paradox that combines a pair of opposite terms into a single unusual expression
hyperbole a deliberate, extravagant and often outrageous exaggeration
inciting incident interrupts the peace and balance of the situation, and one or more of the characters comes into conflict with an outside force, himself, or another character
onomatopoeia a word that imitates the sound it represents
verbal irony saying one thing and meaning another
situational irony events turn out differently than expected
dramatic when the audience knows more than the characters
Created by: Lidiak