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Anticlimax
disappointing ending
Allusion
breif reference to a person, even, or place, real or fictional, or to a work of art. Casual reference to a famous historical or literary figure or event.
Archetypes
symbols or characters that symbolize an original idea
Verbal irony
sarcasm
Dramatic irony
when an audience perceives something that a character in the literature does not know
Situational Irony
discepancy between the expected resuly and actual results
Simile
the comparison of two unlike things using like or as
Metaphor
comparison of teo unlike things using the verb "to be" and not usin like or as in a simile
Tone
the attitude a writer takes towards a subject or character: serious, humerous, sarcastic, ironic, satrical, tongue-in-check, solemn, objective
Mood
the emotional attitude the author takes towards his subjects
Theme
the general idea or insight about life that a writer wishes to express. All of the elements of literary terms contribute to theme. A simple theme can often be stated in a single sentence
Anecdote
A very short tale told bu a character in a literary work
Flashback
a reference to an event that took place proir to the beginning of the story or play
First Person
telling things from his or her own perspective
Third person limited
speaker is unable to know what is in any character's mind but his or her own
Third Person Omniscient
the speaker knows everything including the actions, motives and thoughts of all the characters
Objective
TRUE
subjective
opinion
denotation
dictionary definition
connotation
personal definition; opinion
parallelism
when the writer establishes similar patterns of grammatical structure and length; words end the same way
epithet
a word or phrase preceding or following a name which serves to describe the character
Imagery
descriptive language used in literature to re-create sensory experiences