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setting

time and place

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point of view

who is telling the story

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irony

when something is opposite of what we expect
ex. it's ironic that she hates jews but her family is keeping them safe in her house

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metaphor

a comparison or statement about two unlike things that says something IS something else
ex. "The man stinks of gold" "the ants are black soldiers"

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simile

a comparison of two unlike things using the word "like" or "as"
ex. "greedy as a goat"

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hyperbole

a statement that is exaggerated to make a point
ex. "He was also a mile high"

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alliteration

a repetition of the initial letter in several words in a phrase
ex. "sally sells sea shells..."

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theme

a lesson about life that an author is trying to teach the reader

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personification

a statement that gives human qualities to something not human
ex. "the river was looking for things to devour"

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paradox

a statement that seems to go against, or contradict, itself
ex. "child is with child"

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oxymoron

a type of paradox where the words are close to each other, usually two words next to each other
ex. beautifully tragic, sweet satan, cold fire, jumbo shrimp

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allusion

a reference to a book, the Bible, a historical person, or a myth that the writer expects the reader to know

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tone

the voice or attitude of the person speaking
ex. "My life is barren."
"The world is full of possibilities."