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Literary Terms


- Can be the main idea or message

Quote and Meaning

"Mama, he smiled. He's all there! He's all there!"

Explanation: This quote is a positive example of the story. The story tries to show that people should be valued for the simple fact that they are alive, despite any physical or mental disabilities.


- Relates to your five senses, and authors way of making the story seem more real and makes it appear as though you are in the story.

Quote and Meaning

"He had been bleeding from the mouth, and his neck and the front of his shirt was stained a brilliant red"

Explanation: Meaning doodle was dead and meaning he died alone and suffering. The word brilliant usually means that its "beautiful" but in this quote it means its horrible.


- any struggle between opposing forces or when the main character struggles against some other force.

Quote and Meaning

"Aw, come on, Doodle. You can do it. Do you want to be different from everybody else when you start school?"

Explanation: Brother might just wanted to protect doodle from the cruel world. He just didn't want him to get hurt.


- When a writer gives a hint to the reader of what might come next.

Quote and Meaning

"Bleeding trees"

Explanation: It could mean the death or the birth