Literary Terms


A comparison of two unlike things without the use of "like" or "as"; comparison words to build a clearer understanding or meaning.


-Kathy arrived at the grocery store with an army of children.

-Her eyes were fireflies.


This is the personality a character displays as well as the means by which an author reveals that personality.

*indirect methods of characterization ( author allows reader to draw his/her own conclusions)

*direct methods of characterization ( author directly feeds the reader information (s)he wants to know)

-Static: they remain the same throughout the story

-Dynamic: they change in some important way during the course of the story

*round: a developed character ( we get to know them)

*flat: an undeveloped character ( we never get to know them)


-Joe was motivated by money, with no use for family.

-When she was diagnosed with cancer, she felt the world, as she knew it, had ended.