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Literary Devices

MUST KNOW terms for 8th grade LA

symbolism When characters or objects stand for or represent bigger, more abstract ideas.
foreshadowing When the author gives the reader hints as to what will happen in the future of the text.
flashback When the author revisits an earlier time, takes the reader back in time in order to make soemthing more clear.
situational irony Most common form of irony in literature. It shows the contrast between what happens and what was expected to happen or what would seem appropriate to the reader. Think of it as a cruel twist of fate.
sensory details Using details that apply to the senses to create an image for the reader; sight, hearing, taste, feeling details.
imagery using sensory detail and/or figurative language to create a visual image for the reader.
verbal irony Contrast between what is said and what is meant. In other words, sarcasm.
dramatic irony Contrast between what the character thinks is true and what we, the reader, know to be true.
mood the emotional feel behind a text EX: suspenseful, happy, eerie, etc.
dialogue characters speaking in a text
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