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The Big Week of Literary Terms. Week of October 17 th. Terms You Should Know So Far…. A comparison of two things using “like,” “as,” or “than.” . bang meow klank boom ribbit beep.

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the big week of literary terms
The Big Week of Literary Terms

Week of October 17th

terms you should know so far
Terms You Should Know So Far…

A comparison of two things using “like,” “as,” or “than.”

  • bang
  • meow
  • klank
  • boom
  • ribbit
  • beep

“Time has not stood still. It has washed over me, washed me away, as if I’m nothing more than a woman of sand, left by a careless child too near the water.” A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

“I’m happier than a tornado in a trailer park.” Cars

“Her eyes look like lamps blaring up just before the oil is gone.” As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner


Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers…

  • She sells sea shells by the sea shore…
  • A less obnoxious example…
      • “The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.” V for Vendetta

the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words


At the beginning of Charlotte’s Web, Charlotte explains to Wilbur that all living things must die. In trying to protect him from death, she dies herself.

  • Towards the beginning of Macbeth, he hears voices right after he commits his first murder. Later, he goes crazy. (Shakespeare loved foreshadowing.)
  • In Star Wars: Episode 2 Obi Wan says to Anakin, “Why do I get the feeling you will be the death of me?” Perhaps because he was.

A warning or an indication of a future event.


The Onion Video

  • The Onion is considered news satire because its daily news just makes fun of current news, especially politics.
  • Political cartoons are another example of satire.
  • Not necessarily funny, like in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.


Saturday Night Live and MadTV goes back and forth between satire and parody within their shows (some segments

  • Weird Al Yankovic’s music

An imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect.


Without verisimilitude, many readers often lose interest in novels or stories because there is nothing bridging it to reality.

  • Without muggles (and other ties to the “normal” world) would the Harry Potter series be as believable?
  • Whether we realize it or not, readers yearn for verisimilitude. If it just doesn’t make sense or you can’t believe it, do you continue reading?

The appearance of being true or real.