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The Alchemist - Figurative Language & Lit Terms

Introduction to key vocabluary words/elements of figurative language.
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JosieAnn Gonzalez

on 19 September 2013

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Transcript of The Alchemist - Figurative Language & Lit Terms

Figurative Language
the use of descriptive words or phrases to re-create sensory experiences for the reader; usually appeals to one or more of the five senses
a form of metaphor when something that is not human takes on the characteristics of a human being
Figurative language is language that goes beyond the literal meaning of words in order to give the reader a different perspective about an idea or subject.
The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
Literary Terms
simile
a comparison between two things by using “like” or “as”
metaphor
a comparison between two unlike things using the verb “to be”
imagery
personification
flashback
an interjected scene that takes the narrative back in time from the current point; the use of clues to suggest what will happen later in the novel
irony
a contrast between appearance and reality—usually in which reality is the opposite of what it seems
allusion
a brief reference to a person, place, thing, event, or idea in history or literature
allegory
a short narrative with two levels of meaning: a literal meaning and a symbolic meaning; uses characters, objects, settings, and events to represent abstract qualities; the purpose of an allegory may be to convey truths about life, to teach a religious or moral lesson, or to criticize social institutions
tone
the author’s feelings or attitude towards a particular subject
mood
the feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader; descriptive words, imagery, and figurative language contribute to the mood
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