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Honors Literary Terms
Transcript of Honors Literary Terms
to a specific moment, piece of art, history, entertainment, religion, mythology, or politics, without directly mentioning it
scene that takes the narrative/
story back in time.
sound at the beginning of words
A character created to serve as an
to another character (typically the protagonist). The foil is present in order to
of the protagonist
When the author gives
as to what will occur in the
Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally
The expression of one's meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
Verbal irony is when a speaker says one thing but means another.
Dramatic irony is used in a narrative when an event occurs whose significance the audience understand but the characters to do not.
Situational Irony is when something happens and a reversal expectation occurs.
Creating a vivid image through descriptive words. Imagery utilizes all 5 senses in order to paint the picture
Two things put together to create a contrasting event.
Comparing two unlike things without using the words like or as. Typically, metaphors use the words "is" or "are".
Motif is an object or idea that repeats itself throughout a literary work
Two words used together that seem to mean the opposite/seem to not fit together
Attributing human emotion to all aspects within nature
A statement that contradicts itself yet might also be true
Example: You can save money by spending it or less is more
The act of attributing human characteristics to inanimate objects
A form of word play that suggests one or more meanings
Comparing two unlike things using the words like or as.
The tone of a literary work is the perspective or attitude that the author adopts with regards to a specific character, place or development.
“I want to ask the authorities what is the big deal? Why do not they control the epidemic? It is eating up lives like a monster.”- A
“I want to draw the attention of the concerned authorities toward damage caused by an epidemic. If steps were not taken to curb it, it will further injure our community” - B
The theme of both tone examples is the same. The only way we can differentiate between them is their separate tone. The tone in the first example is casual or informal while, it is more formal in the second.
In literature, mood is a literary element that evokes certain feelings or vibes in readers through words and descriptions.
by a character in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but unheard by the other characters in the play.
Word choice, or the style of speaking that a writer, speaker, or character uses.
A thing (could be an object, person,
situation, phrase, or action) which stands for
something else more abstract.