• Literary Terms/Devices


    Plot Elements:

    exposition--the beginning of a story.

    conflict--the main problem of the story

    complications--all the problems that are created by the conflict

    climax--the turning point of the story

    resolution--all the loose ends are tied up and the story ends


    Literary Devices:

    alliteration--repetition of the same consonant sound

    flashback--when the author shows something that previously occurred

    rhyme--words that sound alike

    stanza--a group of lines within a poem

    simile--a comparison of two things using like or as

    plot--the sequence of events in a story

    conflict--the main problem in a story

    foreshadow--when the author hints at something that happens later

    setting--the location, time-period, and social customs

    hyperbole--an exaggeration

    metaphor--a comparison of two things without using "like" or "as"

    personification--giving human qualities to an inanimate object

    bibliography--a list of the works cited in a research paper

    narrator--the person telling the story

    resolution--the loose ends are tied up and the story ends

    theme--a recurring element in the story.

    thesis--The main point of an essay/argument.

    fiction--a story that is created in an author's imagination.

    imagery--images or pictures that words create in your mind
    protagonist--the main character

    antagonist--the opposing force in a story, usually the "bad guy."

    onomatopoeia--words that sound like their definitions. (snap, crash)

    irony--an unexpected twist

    point of view--usually 1st person or 3rd person. Who is telling the story?