• 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?