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Eng3 Sem Lit Terms

Sem Exam Review December 2016

TermDefinition
ALLUSION an indirect REFERENCE to something such as mythology, history, the Bible, etc.
CONFLICT a STRUGGLE between two forces such as man vs. man or man vs. society
IRONY a device where words or actions CONTRADICT real meanings or expectations
NARRATOR the character who tells the events of a story
POINT OF VIEW the PERSPECTIVE of a story; stories are commonly told from first person or third person
SIMILE a DIRECT COMPARISON using like or as example: "You are like a hurricane: there's calm in your eye, but I'm getting blown away."
METAPHOR an IMPLIED COMPARISON example: "No man is an island."
STANZA a division of lines in a poem
SYMBOL a thing that represents something else
THEME the CENTRAL IDEA or universal meaning of a text
TONE the author's ATTITUDE
PERSONIFICATION giving objects and abstract ideas human qualities example: "The insatiable hunger for imagination preys upon human life."
Created by: jegunn