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Great Expectations Literary Devices . Simile. A figure of speech that directly compares two unlike things, usually by employing the words "like" or "as" – also, but less commonly, "than” . Metaphor.

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    1. Great Expectations Literary Devices

    2. Simile • A figure of speech that directly compares two unlike things, usually by employing the words "like" or "as" – also, but less commonly, "than”

    3. Metaphor • Metaphor is a figure of speech that makes a direct comparison between two unlike things. A metaphor suggests that one thing is another thing, or is equal to another thing.

    4. Polysyndeton The process of using conjunctions or connecting words frequently in a sentence, placed very close to one another, as opposed to the usual norm of using them sparsely, only where they are technically needed.

    5. Mood • The atmosphere that the author creates in a literary work with the intention of evoking a certain emotion or feeling from the audience. In drama, mood may be created by sets and music as well as words; in poetry and prose, mood may be created by a combination of such elements as SETTING, VOICE, TONE and THEME.

    6. Irony • the use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning; or, incongruity between what is expected and what actually happens

    7. anaphora • the repetition of the words or phrases at the beginning of consecutive lines or sentences • To think on death it is a misery, To think on life it is a vanity; To think on the world verily it is, To think that here man hath no perfect bliss. –Peacham

    8. Foreshadowing • Hints or clues; a shadow of things to come. May be indicated by a word, phrase, or sentence to indicate what is going to occur. • Stimulates reader interest, adds suspense and helps prepare the reader for the outcome.

    9. Asyndeton • When the author purposely leaves out conjunctions in the sentence. • This compact version helps in creating an immediate impact whereby the reader is instantly attuned to what the writer is trying to convey. • Use of this literary device helps in creating a strong impact and such sentences have greater recall worth since the idea is presented in a nutshell.

    10. Hyperbole • Figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion or to create a comic effect. • Overstatement– to intensify a description or to emphasize the essential nature of something

    11. Satire • Type of writing that ridicules something– a person, a group of people, humanity at large, an attitude or failing, a social institution– in order to reveal a weakness.

    12. Setting • The time, place, and atmosphere in which the story takes place.

    13. Theme • Central idea, or message, of a work of literature. • The idea the writer wishes to reveal about the subject. • Universal • Stated in a complete sentence.

    14. Motivation • A character’s incentive or reason for behaving in a certain manner, that which impels a character to act