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Literary Terms Rev.

alliteration repetition of consonant sounds
allusion a reference to something
antagonist a person or thing that goes against the main character
assonance repetition of vowel sounds
external conflict outside problem
internal conflict inside problem
foreshadowing a hint or clue
hyperbole extreme exaggeration
imagery sensory details
irony contrast between expectation and reality
metaphor comparing two unlike things without using connecting words (like or as)
onomatopoeia a word sounds like what it is
oxymoron two contrasting words or ideas put together
parody an imitation of something usually for humor
personification giving human qualities to non-human things
omniscient point of view the reader knows all character's feelings
third-person point of view the reader knows limited (one or two) character's feelings
first-person point of view the narrator is telling the story
protagonist the main character
setting time and place
simile comparing two unlike things using connector words (like or as)
symbol something that stands for itself and represents something else
theme main idea
tone attitude
connotation the way a word or phrase is used (carries emotion, suggests a meaning)
understatement downplaying something's seriousness
Created by: pgunkel