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Literary Elements

Literary Elements and Devices

Alliteration the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.
Allusion an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.
Characterization is the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character
Flashback vivid memory of an event in the past
Foreshadowing a warning or indication of (a future event)
Hyperbole exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
Imagery visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work.
Irony a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.
Metaphor a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
Mood evokes certain feelings or vibes in readers through words and descriptions.
Onomatopoeia the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named
Oxymoron a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction
Plot the main events of a play, novel, movie, or similar work, devised and presented by the writer as an interrelated sequence.
Satire the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
Simile a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid
Setting the place or type of surroundings where something is positioned or where an event takes place.
Symbol a thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a material object representing something abstract
Syntax the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language.
Tone the general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation, etc.
Conflict a serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one.
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