Literary Terms. Expository. Exposition is a type of oral or written discourse that is used to explain, describe, give information or inform. . Thesis. in expository writing, the thesis statement is the sentence or group of sentences that directly express
Exposition is a type of oral or written discourse that is used to explain, describe, give information or inform.
Imagery:The use of description that helps the reader imagine how something looks, sounds, feels, smells, or tastes. Most of the time, it refers to appearance.e.g. “Tita was so sensitive to onions, any time they were being chopped, they say she would just cry and cry; when she was still in my great-grandmother’s belly her sobs were so loud that even Nacha, the cook, who was half-deaf, could hear them easily.”--Like Water for Chocolate
Metaphor:A comparison of two unlike things using any form of the verb “to be”–-i.e. am, are, is, was, were. Ex: “This chair is a rock,” or “I am an island.”
Mood:The feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage. The mood may be suggested by the writer's choice of words, by events in the work, or by the physical setting.
The use of similar grammatical structure for effect.
e.g. I came,
Also, a requirement in grammar to use the same grammatical form for cojoined ideas.
e.g. We went biking, sailing, and hiking on our trip, not We went biking, sailing, and hiked on our trip.
Simile:Comparing two unlike things using “like” or “as.” e.g. “I’m as hungry as a pig,” or “Your eyes are like stars that brighten my night.”
Tone:The author’s attitude toward the subject of the work. Usually positive or negative.e.g. The tone of a piece of literature could be pessimistic, optimistic, angry, or sarcastic.