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World Lit-- Terms

alliteration repetition of the same or similar consonant sounds in words that are close together
apostrophe a technique used by writers to address an inanimate object, an idea, or a person who is not present
assonance repetition of the same or similar vowel sounds in words that are close together
characterization the process by which a writer reveals the personality of a character
denotation a word's strict dictionary definition, free from associations and emotional overtones that are a part of its connotative meaning
diction choice of words
epithet a descriptive word or phrase that is used to characterize a person or thing
foil a character who acts as a contrast to another character
imagery the use of language to evoke a picture or concrete sensation of a person, thing, place, or experience
inference a judgement based on reason
irony a discrepancy between appearances and reality
juxtaposition side-by-side or similar narrative moments for the purpose of comparison, contrast, rhetorical effect, suspense, or character development
metaphor a comparison between two things without using specific words of comparison, such as like, as, than, or resembles.
mood the overall feeling the reader gets upon reading a piece
onomatopoeia the use of a word whose sound imitates or suggests its meaning
paraphrase a brief restatement in one's own words
personification when an object or animal is given human characteristics
setting the time and location in which a story takes place
simile a comparison between two things that uses words of comparison such as like, as, than, or resembles
symbolism a person, place, thing, or event that stands for more than just itself
tone the attitude a writer takes toward the subject of a work, the characters in it, or the audience
Created by: bwayactress95



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