Novel Terms

By:Victoria Pennington

Flashback

a scene set in a time earlier than the main story

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Foreshadowing

a hint about what is going to happen later in a story

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Euphemism

a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant

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Style

the particular way in which a writer uses language; created through diction (word choice) or figurative language

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Structure

the way in which the author organizes a piece of literature

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Inference

visually descriptive or figurative language; the senses are used to create an image in a reader’s mind

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Simile

comparing two things using “like” or “as”

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Metaphor

comparing two things without using “like” or “as”

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Personification

giving human characteristics to inanimate objects

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Allusion

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

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