Literary Terms
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The repetition of initial sounds in neighboring words. Example: The Wicked Witch of the West went her own way.
What is alliteration?
A word that is the opposite in meaning to another word.
What is an antonym?
Conversation between characters or speakers in a literary work; in its most restricted sense, it refers specifically to the speech of characters in a drama.
What is dialogue?
Makes an oversimplified statement about a group based on limited information.
What is a sweeping generalization (or stereotype)?
A device in literature where an object represents an idea.
What is symbolism?
Descriptive or figurative language in a literary work; the use of language to create sensory impressions. Example: The gushing brook stole its way down the lush green mountains, dotted with tiny flowers in a riot of colors and trees coming alive with gaily chirping birds.
What is imagery?
A category used to classify literary works, usually by form, technique or content. Examples: Poetry, Non-fiction
What is genre?
Text that is not fictional; designed primarily to explain, argue, instruct or describe rather than entertain. For the most part, its emphasis is factual.
What is non-fiction?
To persuade the reader to do, think or buy something because it is popular or because "everyone" is doing it.
What is bandwagon?
Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another; usually in a way considered to be unfair.
What is bias?
An exaggeration or overstatement. Example: I have a million things to do.
What is a hyperbole?
The comparison of two unlike things in which no words of comparison (like or as) are used. Example: The speech gave me food for thought.
What is a metaphor?
The position of the narrator in relation to the story, as indicated by the narrator's outlook from which the events are depicted.
What is point of view?
To persuade the reader by using words that appeal to the reader's emotions instead of to logic or reason.
What is emotional appeal?
Language that cannot be taken literally since it was written to create a special effect or feeling.
What is figurative language?
When the opposite of what you’d expect to happen actually happens. Example: A man who is a traffic cop gets his license suspended for unpaid parking tickets.
What is irony?
The atmosphere that pervades a literary work with the intention of evoking a certain emotion or feeling from the audience.
What is mood?
An author's choice of words, phrases, sentence structures and figurative language, which combine to help create meaning and tone.
What is diction?
An attempt to persuade the reader by using a famous person to endorse a product or idea (for instance, the celebrity endorsement).
What is testimonial?
The claim established by the author. Should be supported with valid evidence and reasoning, and balanced by the inclusion of counteragruments that illustrate opposing viewpoints.
What is argument/position?
A literary approach that ridicules or examines human vice or weakness. Examples: "Saturday Night Live" or "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
What is satire?
The attitude of the author or speaker toward the audience, characters, subject or the work istelf.
What is tone?
A topic of discussion or work; a major idea broad enough to cover the entire scope of a literary work.
What is theme?
An attempt to distract the reader with details not relevant to the argument.
What is red herring?
Place together characters, situations, or ideas to show common and/or differing features in literary selections.
What is compare/contrast?
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