Novel Literary Terms

By: Faith Watson

1. Flashback

a scene set in a time earlier than the main story

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In the Last Twilight movie Bella gives Edward a Flash back to when they first met.

2. Foreshadowing

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

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In the story," The Scarlet Ibis," The bird dies and that foreshadows that Doodle is going to die.


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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Rainsford knew that The General was a murder, but The General called it hunting when he killed humans.

4. Style

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

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Harper Lee makes Scout talk in a way that makes her sound likes she is there in the moment,and also just in the sky watching it happen; that is because he makes her observent.

5. Structure

the way in which the author organizes a piece of literature

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, the author shows us small conflicts in the first chapter like; Dill daring Jem to touch the Radley House.

6. Inference

a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning

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The General infers that Rainsford is a good hunter because of his books and the way he gets away from him.

7. Imagery

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

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Dill is described in the book as small and child-like.

8. Simile

comparing two things using “like” or “as”

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Dill was like a baby because of his appearance.

9. Metapor

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

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"It's a metaphor"

10. Personification

giving human characteristics to inanimate objects

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The bear in "The Jungle Book" is personified, because he talks and dances.

11. 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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On the "Gilmore Girls," Rory is called Mary because the boy who called her that thought she was a goodie two shoes