Literary Terms: Symbol, Theme, Imagery, Point of View, Satire, Paradox, Tone, Mood, Diction

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Last updated: December 11, 2019

Symbol
person, place, thing of event that stands for itself and for something beyond itself as well (i.e. scale = justice)

Theme
central idea of a work of literature, author’s statement on human condition (i.e.

Romeo and Juliet’s theme is that love is stronger than family loyalty.)

Imagery
literature that appeals to the 5 senses (description, metaphor, simile, hyperbole etc.)

Point of View
vantage point from which a writer tells a story, three possible points of view: omniscient (everything there is to know about character and problems, narrator is not part of story), 1st person (uses “I,” narrator is character in story), 3rd person limited (tidbits of different characters, narrator is not in story)

Satire
writing that ridicules something in order to reveal a weakness, tries to convince or persuade using exaggeration

Paradox
statement or situation that seems to be a contradiction but reveals truth

Tone
author’s attitude towards his/her subject (ex: sarcastic, angry, dissmissive)

mood
atmosphere created/emotions

diction
author’s choice of words

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