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Literary Devices

Vocabulary for analyzing pieces of literature and poems.
a data set by MsBender
created November 7, 2016
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Literary Vocabulary WordDefinitionExampleEffect
Alliterationthe repetition of initial consonant soundsDunkin' Donutscatchy, easy to remember
Allusion
Antagonistcharacter, group of characters, institution or concept that contends with or opposes the protagonist
Assonancerepetition of vowel sounds in stressed syllables that end with different consonant sounds“Strips of tinfoil winking like people”
Characterizationthe development of a character in a story
Cliffhangera story or event with a strong element of suspense
Consonancea kind of slant rhyme in which the ending consonant sounds match, but the preceding vowel sound does not‘T was later when the summer went/ Than when the cricket came/ And yet we knew that gentle clock/ Meant nought but going home.
Direct Characterizationwhat the author tells in regards to a character's personality
Dialoguea conversation, denoted with quotation marks
Dyanmic Charactercharacter who undergoes personal development and growth throughtout a text - gradually or due to a crisis/main event
Fairy Tale
Flashbackan occurrence in which a character remembers an earlier event that happened before the current point of the story
Flat Characterone dimensional, defined by a single characteristic, author gives few details
Foreshadowingclues about events that will happen later in the story
Hyperbole
Idiom
Imagery
Indirect Characterizationwhat the author shows (not tells) to reveal the personality of a character: STEAL (speech, thought, effect on others, action, or looks)
Ironya technique that lets the reader know the full significance of a character's words or actions, even when the character doesn't
Metaphor
Minor Charactercharacter mentioned only briefly - even less than a flat character
Moodevokes certain feelings or vibes in readers through words and description
Onompatopoeia
Oxymoron
Paradox
Personification
Plot
Point of Viewthe perspective from which a story is told
Protagonistthe main character in a story in a work of literature
Repetitionusing the same words or phrases a few times to make an idea clearer.
Rhyme
Rhyme Scheme
Rhythm
Round Charactercomplex character, author spends a lot of time developing
Settingthe time and geographic location in which a story takes place
Shape
Sight Rhyme
Simile
Sound
Static Charactercharacter who remains stable and unchanging in their personal development
Suspense
Suspension of Disbelief
Symbol
Sympathetic Charactera character whose situation you understand or can relate to
Theme
Tonean attitude of a writer toward a subject
Descriptionidentification based on sensory* details (*5 senses)
Direct Descriptiona type of indirect characterization ; physical appearance; also, "Looks"
Behaviora type of indirect characterization; what the character does or says; also, "Thought" and "Speech"
Values & Beliefsa type of indirect characterization; what the character holds dear, or prioritizes, in life; also, "Thought"
Internal Statea type of indirect characterization; character's private thoughts and emotions; also, "Thoughts"
Interaction With Othersa type of indirect characterization; how the character relates with others; also, "Effect on Others"
Speecha type of indirect characterization; what a character says
Thoughta type of indirect characterization; what a character thinks or believes
Effect on Othersa type of indirect characterization; how a character affects others
Actionsa type of indirect characterization; what the character does
Looksa type of indirect characterization; how the character looks
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