Vocabulary: Literary Terms

Provide the common term that fits the description.
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The repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words for effect.
alliteration
Language the appeals to the senses creating pictures in the mind.
imagery
A play on words.
pun
A character whose main purpose is to act as a contrast to another.
foil
The height of action and suspense in a story.
climax
A statement that seems to contradict itself but has some truth.
paradox
The attitude that the author adopts with regards to a specific character, place or development.
tone
Attaching human traits and characteristics to the non-human.
personification
A type of literature written about someone by another person.
biography
When the author alludes to upcoming events without directly stating that they will happen.
foreshadowing
 
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A folktale (fictional story) about gods and goddesses.
myth
A comparison of two unlike things using the words "like" or "as."
simile
The action of a story.
plot
The deliberate use of exaggeration.
hyperbole
A passing reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art.
allusion
A situation where the opposite of what is expected to occur or exist does occur or exist.
irony
A classification of literature, such as fiction, drama, poetry, etc.
genre
A central message, idea, or concern that expressed in a literary work.
theme
A character who does not undergo a change over the course of a story.
static
When a character in a story has a moment of sudden realization or insight.
epiphany
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