Literary Devices


High School Equivalency Certificate English 1 Flashcards on Literary Devices, created by vanillalove on 16/12/2015.
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simile the comparison of two unlike things using "like" or "as"
metaphor comparison of two unlike things using the verb "to be" and not using "like" or "as"
personification giving human qualities to animals or objects
allusion a brief reference to a person; place; historical event; or piece of literature
imagery visual symbolism
foreshadowing the uses of hints or clues to suggest what will happen later in literature
symbol one object representing another object or idea
alliteration the occurrence of the same latter or sound at the beginning of closely connected words (Peter Piper picked a pickled pepper)
epithet an adjective or descriptive phrase expressing a quality characteristic of the person or thing mentioned
repitition repeating the same word, phrase, idea, to create a larger impact
heroic quest 1. the call to adventure 2. threshold into their new life 3. temptations and challenges 4. confrontation/abyss 5. atonement/payback 6. return
Tragedy (4 things to know it's a tragedy) 1. a final impressive disaster that happens to the main character 2. an unforseen/unexpected disaster 3. it commands respect and sympathy from the audience 4. it causes distress
Hubris excessive pride/self confidence
Motif something significant that occurs repeatedly through the story
pun a play on words (ex. don't trust people that do acupuncture, they're back stabbers)
iambic pentameter a line of verse with five metrical feet, each consisting of one short (or unstressed) syllable followed by one long (or stressed) syllable
couplet two lines of a verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme that form a unit
soliloquy a speech that a character gives to himself on stage to reveal his internal thoughts to the audience
aside when a character on stage speaks directly to the audience
tragic flaw a trait/characteristic that leads to a hero's downfall
dramatic irony occurs when the audiences or reader knows more than what the characters do
situational irony involves a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite to what was intended. Outcome = contrary to what was expected
verbal irony when a person says or writes one thing but means another (basically sarcasm)
oxymoron figure of speech where two words that don't seem to go together are combined to produce a rhetorical effect
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