Literary Terms/ Persuasion techniques

Topic: ArtFrida Kahlo
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Last updated: April 24, 2019
Simile
Comparing two things using the words like or as (as busy as a bee or school is like a prison)

Metaphor
Comparing two things without using like or as.Often metaphors use forms of to be such as is and are (the sky is a vast ocean or a book is a window to a new world)

Symbolism
Representing one person or object or idea by using something else (a dove could be a symbol of love and a snake might be a symbol of evil)

Allusion
An allusion is a reference in a literary text to something else-to a real or fictitious person,place,event,or thing. Many texts contain allusions to the bible

Allegory
An extended metaphor, where the entire story or poem has a secondary symbolic meaning.

Flashback
In a fictional passage, when a character pauses to remember something that happened prior to the current action

Foreshadowing
A device in which the writer places clues in a story to prepare the for events that are going to happen later

Genre
The category a particular literary work belongs to

Theme
This is what the writer wants to convey about life through the literary work

Motif
A motif is a recurring element or device that expresses a literary work’s theme

Tone
The writers attitude towards the literary work

Mood
Tone and Mood are often confused , but tone is the author writes and mood is the feeling the reader takes away from the piece

Point Of View
The relationship of the narrator or story teller to the story

Setting
Is the time and place in which the events of a literary work occur

Author’s Purpose
An Authors Purpose is the reason an author decides to write about a specific topic

Denotation
The literal meaning of a word

Connotation
The emotional meaning of word

Stereotype
A character who looks and behaves not like an individual but like a typical member of a particular group

Irony
This is when two opposite words or things are compared usually in a humorous way

Satire
The tone writer’s use when they are trying to make fun of what they are trying to write about

Narrative
A spoken or written account of connected events

Personification
The attribution of a human like quality to something non human

Non-Fiction
Prose writing that is based on facts,real events and real people

Biography
An account of someone’s life written by some one else

Auto-Biography
An account of a persons life written by that person

Hyperbole
Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally

Imagery
Visual description of figurative language

Free Verse
Poetry that does not rhyme or has a regular rhythm(meter)

Internal Rhyme
A rhyme involving a word in the middle of a line and another at the end of the line

Alliteration
The occurrence of the same letter or soundat the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

Repetition
The same words repeated over and over again

Plot
The sequence of events in a story

Characters
The people animals or beings in a work

Conflict
The struggle between two or more characters

Dialogue
The exact words that are spoken between two characters(or more)

Style
The choices that a writer makes about words and sentence structure that determine the mood

Archetype
The basic part or model of a wide spread idea

Bandwagon
Tries to persuade the reader to do, think, or buy something because it is popular or everyone is doing it

Testimonial
Attempts to persuade the reader by using a famous person to endorse a product or idea

Snob Appeal
Persuading by making people feel as though they are one of the elite if they are using a particular product or thinking a certain way

Name Calling
A method of propaganda that is an attempt to turn people against and opponent or an idea by using unpleasant labels or descriptions for that person or idea

Emotional Appeal
Tries to persuade the reader by using words that appeal to the reader’s emotions instead of to logic or reason

Plain Folks Appeal
Trying to show that a person or product is good for “ordinary” people because a person is “just like you and understands you”

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