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Literary Devices. Literary Devices Known. Metaphor: comparison without like or as, saying the object IS the other. “You are a couch potato.” Simile: comparison using like or as “cute as a button” Paradox: a self-contradictory statement that at first seems true

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literary devices known
Literary Devices Known
  • Metaphor: comparison without like or as, saying the object IS the other.
    • “You are a couch potato.”
  • Simile: comparison using like or as
    • “cute as a button”
  • Paradox: a self-contradictory statement that at first seems true
    • Example: It is a paradox that technology needs so much maintenance since they are meant to save people time.
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Literary Devices
  • Symbolism: using an object to represent something completely different.
    • Example: the rose in Beauty and the Beast is a symbol of the Beast’s potential beauty and his decision to either accept or deny it.
  • Imagery: words that paint a picture
    • Example: A host, of golden daffodils;

beside the lake, beneath the trees,

fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

  • Wordplay:a witty use of words
    • Example: I bet the butcher the other day that he couldn’t reach the meat that was on the top shelf. He refused to take the bet, saying that the steaks were too high.
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Literary Devices
  • Synecdoche- a part that represents a whole
    • Example: The word "wheels" refers to a vehicle.
  • Diction- word choice
  • Allusion- a textual reference to an earlier text
    • Example: Biblical, Pop-culture, paintings

*it is easy to miss an allusion or fail to understand it if you do not know the underlying biblical story, literary tale or other reference point.

  • Personification- giving figurative human qualities to nonhuman objects
    • Example: The first rays of morning tiptoed through the meadow.
  • Pun- play on words
    • Example: When the jokester, Mercutio, is stabbed, he says, “tomorrow … you shall find me a grave man.”
which lit device
Which Lit Device?
  • You shout it out,
But I can't hear a word you say
I'm talking loud not saying much
I'm criticized but all your bullets ricochet
You shoot me down, but I get up
  • I'm bulletproof, nothing to lose
Fire away, fire away
Ricochet, you take your aim
Fire away, fire away
You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am titanium
You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am titanium
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Literary Devices
  • Motif: are recurring structures, contrasts, and literary devices that can help to develop and inform the text’s major themes.
    • Example: Animal and Nature Imagery in Fahrenheit 451.
  • Foreshadowing: to give a hint beforehand that something is going to happen.
    • Example: the introduction of a weapon at the beginning of a movie scene, which will later be used in combat.
    • Example: The brief mention of the Mechanical Hound
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Literary Devices
  • Hyperbole: an extreme exaggeration used to make a point.
    • Example: “I was waiting for you for like a gazillion years!”

“I’ve told you a million times”