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Literary Device. Tool used by the author to enliven and provide voice to the text. Figurative Language. Language that cannot be taken literally since it was written to create a special effect or feeling. Sound Devices.

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literary device
Literary Device
  • Tool used by the author to enliven and provide voice to the text
figurative language
Figurative Language
  • Language that cannot be taken literally since it was written to create a special effect or feeling.
sound devices
Sound Devices
  • Elements of literature that emphasize sound (e.g., assonance, consonance, alliteration, rhyme, onomatopoeia).
diction
Diction
  • An author’s choice of words, phrases, sentence structures and figurative language, which combine to help create meaning and tone.
allegory
Allegory
  • A form of extended metaphor in which objects, persons, and actions in a narrative are equated with meanings that lie outside the narrative itself. The underlying meaning may have moral, social, religious, or political significance, and characters are often personifications of abstract ideas such as charity, greed, or envy.
alliteration
Alliteration
  • The repetition of initial sounds in neighboring words.
allusion
Allusion
  • An implied or indirect reference in literature to a familiar person, place, or event.
flashback
Flashback
  • An organizational device used in literature to present action that occurred before current (present) time of the story. Flashbacks are often introduced as the dreams or recollections of one or more characters.
foreshadowing
Foreshadowing
  • An organizational device used in literature to create expectation or to set up an explanation of later developments.
hyberbole
Hyberbole
  • An exaggeration or overstatement (e.g., I had to wait forever.)
imagery
Imagery
  • Descriptive or figurative language in a literary work; the use of language to create sensory impressions.
irony
Irony
  • The use of a word or phrase to mean the exact opposite of its literal or usual meaning; incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the expected result.
irony situational
Irony (Situational)

How are these cartoons ironic?

When one event or action is expected, but the opposite is received.

metaphor
Metaphor
  • The comparison of two unlike things in which no words of comparison (like or as) are used (e.g., The speech gave me food for thought.)
personification
Personification
  • An object or abstract idea given human qualities or human form (e.g., Flowers danced about the lawn.)
simile
Simile
  • A comparison of two unlike things in which a word of comparison (like or as) is used (e.g., The ant scurried as fast as a cheetah.)
suspense
Suspense

Anticipation about what is going to happen next.

symbolism symbol
Symbolism/Symbol
  • A device in literature where an object represents an idea.
  • An object that represents an idea
symbolism
Symbolism

What is the cartoonist’s views about debt based on the symbol he chooses?

What is the symbol in this cartoon? What does it symbolize?

When an object represents something abstract.