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Extended Metaphor
A metaphor that extends over several lines or throughout an entire text.
Fallacy
A false or misleading argument.
Figurative Language
Imaginative language or figures of speech not meant to be taken literally and are used to describe.
Foreshadowing
The use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot.
Frame Tale
A secondary story or stories embedded within the main story.
Hyperbole
A deliberate exaggeration to cause a dramatic effect. “I’ve told you a million times....”
Hypocrisy
The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense.
Imagery
Language that evokes one or all of the five senses (olfactory, tactile, visual, auditory, gustatory, kinesthesia, synaesthesia).
Irony
A discrepancy between appearances and reality. Uses words to express two meanings.
Juxtaposition
Poetic and rhetorical device in which normally unassociated ideas, words, or phrases are placed next to one another, creating an effect of surprise and wit.
Metaphor
A figure of speech which does not use 'like' or 'as' and compares two unlike things.
Monologue
A long speech made by one character.
Mood
The atmosphere created by a writer’s diction which evokes a general feeling within a literary work.
Motif
A recurrent thematic element in a literary work. It could be a recurring image, word, phrase, action, idea, object, or situation used throughout a work.
Onomatopoeia
A word that imitates a sound. “Pop.” “Zap.”
Oxymoron
A figure of speech that combines opposite or contradictory terms in a brief phrase. “Jumbo shrimp.” “Pretty ugly.” “Bitter-sweet.”
Paradox
A statement that appears self-contradictory but reveals a kind of truth.
Parody
A literary or artistic work that imitates the characteristic style of an author or a work for comic effect or ridicule.
Proverb
A short saying about a general truth.
Pun
A joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word.