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Linguistic & Literary Devices
Transcript of Linguistic & Literary Devices
a reference to a person, event, or literary/artistic work outside of the piece.
Ex: "The sunlight burned like the first day out of Eden." Linguistic Devices & Literary Elements Connotation
An implied meaning of a word.
Ex: Connotation of childish is immature (Negative Connotation) Diction
The choice of words, as opposed to other
Formal Diction: "Dear Sir or Madam"
Informal Diction: "Yo, Whaddup?" Denotation
the literal or dictionary meaning of a word.
Ex: The denotation of childish is, appropriate for a child. Hyperbole
a figure of speech in which deliberate
exaggeration is used for emphasis.
Ex: Waiting For Ages, Weighs A Ton Imagery
Language that evokes one or more of the five senses.
Ex: "A fuzzy-stemmed, fragrant plant." Metaphor
A figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared without using "like" or "as."
Ex: "He was a lion in battle." Onomatopoeia
A figure of speech in which words are used to imitate sounds.
Ex: "Buzz" or "Tick-Tock" Oxymoron
A figure of speech in which two words are placed together even though they appear to contradict one another.
Ex: Jumbo Shrimp, Bittersweet Personification
A figure of speech in which inanimate objects or abstract idea are given human qualities.
Ex: "The dead leaves danced in the wind" or "The hand of the clock punched forward." Simile
A figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared using "like" or "as."
Ex: "She ran like the wind." Characterization
The method used by an author to develop a character.
Holden Caulfield can be characterized as a judgmental loner who wears a red hunting cap. Conflict
The struggle that propels the plot.
In Brave New World, there is a conflict between The World State and John, The Savage. Foreshadowing
The use of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in the story.