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Literary Terms

Metaphor a comparison without using "like" or "as"
Simile a comparison using "like" or "as"
Personification Making an inanimate (nonhuman) object seem like a human being
Symbolism the use of an object to represent an idea beyond itself
Hyperbole a dramatic, exaggerated statement not meant to be taken literally
Figurative Language Language used to create a special effect; Language opposite of the literal meaning
Point of View the angle of vision from which a story is narrated(told)
First Person Narrator a character who tells the story from his/her own point of view (perspective)
Third Person Narrator a voice telling the action from outside the story (not a character)
Prose everyday writing in sentences and paragraphs
Poetry a special kind of writing, often using rhymes, stanzas, and figurative language, such as similes and metaphors
Irony opposite of what is expected
Foreshadowing hints of what is to come later in the story
Theme the author's message
Imagery language that appeals to the five senses
Mood the overall feeling or atmosphere in a literary work created by the author's details
Tone the author's attitude toward the subject matter
Characterization the direct or indirect revealing of character's traits: physical description, thoughts and feelings, actions, and reactions
Plot events in a story
Setting time and place of a story
Conflict a struggle between opposing forces
Antagonist opponent (or enemy) of the protagonist
Protagonist the main character
Created by: smillert



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