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English 1 Lit Terms

Literary Devices

Suspense the excitement or tension that readers feel as they become involved in a story and eager to know the outcome of the plot.
Foreshadowing Writer's use of hints or clues to indicate events and situations that will occur later in the plot.
Conflict Struggle between opposing forces
External conflict problem that involves a character against an outside force such as nature, a physical obstacle, or another character
Internal Conflict problem within the character
Setting time and place of action of a story
Protagonist central character or hero in a narrative or drama
Antagonist usually the principle character in oppostition to the protagonist
Mood the feeling or atmosphere that the writer creates. Ex: descriptive words, setting, figurative language
Metaphor figure of speech that makes a comparison betweemn two things using the word 'like' or 'as'
Simile figure of speech that makes a comparison between two things that are basically unlike but have something in common
Personification a figure of speech in which human qualities are attributed to an object, animal, or idea.
Created by: olivia.niemi