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Literary terms to know

Define the following literary terms:
1. Plot: a literary term used to describe the events that compose a story.
2. Setting: it represents the specified place and time of a story.
3. Point of view: it refers to who is narrating a story. There are four types of point of view,
first person, second person, third person limited, and third person omniscient.
4. Character: who performs the actions and dialogues through a story along a plot line.
5. Symbols: a literary device that contains several layers of means, more than its literal
meaning. A symbol can enhance a theme, idea or a character.
6. Irony: a situation in which there is a contrast between expectation and reality.
7. Theme: the main idea or message underlined a writer explores in a literary work.
8. Rhyme: a repetition of similar sounding words, usually at the end of lines in poems or
9. Simile: a type of metaphor that helps to describe one thing by comparing it to another
with a seemingly unrelated meaning.
10. Metaphor: a figure of speech that equates an object or action in a way that helps to
explain an idea or make a comparison.
11. Personification: a specific type of metaphor that convey concepts in a relatable way. It is
an effective use of figurative language.
12. Local color: a style of writing that collects characteristics of a certain locality and its
inhabitants to add a feeling of authenticity.
13. Foreshadowing: is a literary device in which a writer gives a hint of what is to come later
in the story. It creates suspense and curiosity in the reader.
By Raysa Montenegro.