The Outsiders . Literary Terms . Literary Terms . Literary terms are words or phrases that are used to describes certain aspects of a piece of text or a passage. These are the building blocks to good literature. Example: Similes, Setting, Allusion, Character, Characterization.
Similes, Setting, Allusion, Character, Characterization
Example: Her smile was as bright as the sun.
Unlike a simile, it does not use “like” or “as.”
Example: Your bedroom is a pigsty!
The tree danced in the wind.
A reference to something or someone often literary or famous.
A tunnel walled and overlaid
With dazzling crystal: we had read
Of rare Aladdin’s wondrous cave,
And to our own his name we gave.
John Greenleaf Whittier
The setting of a literary work is the time and place of the action.
The setting includes all the details of a place and time – the year, the time of day, even the weather. The place may be a specific country, state, region, community, neighborhood, building, institution, or home.
In most stories, the setting serves as a backdrop – a context in which the characters interact. The setting of a story often helps to create a particular mood, or feeling.
Personification is a figure of speech in which an animal, object, force of nature, or idea is given human qualities or characteristics.
Example: Tears began to fall from the dark clouds.
Alliteration is the repetition of sounds, most often consonant sounds, at the beginning of words. Alliteration gives emphasis to words.
Example: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers