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Romeo and Juliet Background & Literary Terms

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Romeo and Juliet Background & Literary Terms
Literary Terms
Aside
Alliteration
Repetition of the consonant sound at the beginning of words
Allusion
A reference to a specific moment, piece of art, history, entertainment, religion, mythology, or politics, without directly mentioning it
Flashback
Foil
Foreshadow
Hyperbole
Imagery
Irony
Juxtaposition
Metaphor
Motif
Oxymoron
Pathetic Fallacy
Paradox
Personification
Prologue
Pun
Simile
Soliloquy
A remark or passage by a character in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but unheard by the other characters in the play.
An interjected scene that takes the narrative/story back in time.
A character created to serve as an opposition to another character (typically the protagonist). The foil is present in order to highlight the qualities of the protagonist.
When the author gives hints as to what will occur in the future.
Creating a vivid image through descriptive words. Imagery utilizes all 5 senses in order to paint the picture
Attributing human emotion to all aspects within nature
A statement that contradicts itself yet might also be true
Two words used together that seem to mean the opposite/seem to not fit together
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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".
A form of word play that suggests one or more meanings
Comparing two unlike things using the words like or as.
See class notes. For more info, see below!
The act of attributing human characteristics to inanimate objects

"Summer Grass" by Carl Sandburg

Summer grass aches and whispers
It wants something: it calls and sings; it pours
out wishes to the overhead stars.
The rain hears; the rain answers; the rain is slow
coming; the rain wets the face of the grass.
The act of speaking one's thoughts on stage without others hearing. Typically a long speech
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