9th Grade English Literary Terms

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Last updated: May 10, 2019
tragedy
a dramatic work of serious events that leads to the downfall of the protagonist

tragic flaw
the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall

monologue
a long, uninterrupted speech by one character addressing other characters onstage

soliloquy
a long, uninterrupted speech by one character addressing himself and the audience

aside
a character’s words intended to be heard by some or none of the characters onstage and the audience

metaphor
the representation of one thing by calling it something else

simile
a comparison of two unlike things using “like” or “as”

symbol
a person, place, object, or idea that represents something else

foreshadowing
hints of things to come

comic relief
a humorous interlude intended to relieve dramatic tension

dramatic irony
when the audience knows something that a character does not know

imagery
the use of vivid language that appeals to the senses

euphemism
the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt

allusion
a reference in a piece of literature to another piece of literature, art, music, or history

personification
to give a non-human thing human characteristics

oxymoron
two contrasting terms that appear in conjunction

rhyme
repetition of identical or similar sounds in two or more different words

alliteration
the repetition of initial sounds in consecutive words

onomatopoeia
a word that imitates the sound it represents

apostrophe
explicit address to an absent person or an abstract entity

denouement
the conclusion of a story; the unravelling / untying of the complexities of the plot

paradox
a statement or idea that contradicts itself

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