Literary Terms Set#2

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allusion

Reference to a statement, person, place or an event from literature, history, religion, mythology, politics, sports, science or pop culture.

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dialect

A way of speaking that is characteristic of a particular region or of a particular group of people
(e.g., a southern or mid-western accent)

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diction

A writer or speaker’s specific choice of words based on his/her purpose for writing. (e.g., formal, conversational, slang, technical language, etc.)

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external conflict

A struggle between a character and an outside force.

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internal conflict

A struggle between opposing needs or desires within a character’s own mind.

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flashback

Scene in a movie, play, literature or narrative poem that interrupts the present action of the plot to “flash” backward and tell what happened at an earlier time.

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foreshadow

The use of clues to hint at events that will occur later in the plot.

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symbol

A person, a place, a thing, or an event that stands for itself and for something beyond itself as well (cross=religion, black cat=bad luck, crown=royalty, etc.)

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theme

The point the author is trying to make or the lesson learned in the story. The central idea or ideas explored by a literary work. Themes must be written in complete sentences (see “Theme” handout)

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tone

The overall attitude the writer takes toward the audience, a subject or a character in literature (may be dark, light, happy, sad, nostalgic, etc.).