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Literary Terms

foreshadowing Clues that suggest events that have yet to occur.
metaphor Comparison of two things that are basically unlike but have some qualities in common.
irony Special kind of contrast between appearance and reality—usually one in which reality is the opposite of what it seems.
personification The giving of human qualities to an animal, object, or idea.
alliteration The repetition of a consonant sound. 1) Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers 2) cool cat
allusion Reference in literature to a familiar person or event.
antagonist Goes against the protagonist.
autobiography It is the author's account of his/her own life.
biography A story of a person's life by another person.
mood A feeling, in the reader, the author creates through his/her word choice.
tone The author's feeling toward his/her subject.
theme The lesson of a story.
external conflict man vs. man/man vs. nature
internal conflict man vs. self/man vs. society
resolution How a story ends
narration The point of view from which a story is told.
climax The point in a story when the protagonist faces his/her conflict
onomatopoeia Is the use of words that imitate sounds.
hyperbole Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
verbal irony A person says or writes one thing and means another, or uses words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of the literal meaning.
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