Study Guide

Click the links below to review common figurative language and story element definitions in video format provided by Jenny Sawyer of 60secondrecap.com.

Allegory

http://youtu.be/l3iXy-I2PEg An allegory is story, poem or picture in which all the elements symbolize something else. Watch the video above to learn more.

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Metaphor

http://youtu.be/v0lWkrd67Nk Metaphor is comparing two unlike things using a form of the verb "to be."

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Motif

http://youtu.be/mhptwwbA5Tc Motifs are repeated elements in a story or poem that work to support the theme.

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Protagonist

http://youtu.be/IEeemzAP5A4 The protagonist is the main character in a story. This character is also usually the good guy, otherwise known as the hero.

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Satire

http://youtu.be/XvhHsRAwDz4 Satire is a story, poem, comedy routine, movie, et cetera, that uses irony, sarcasm, humor, or ridicule to highlight human idiocy or vice with the purpose of advocate for political or social changes. Remember, that satire is not just mean for the sake of being mean. It must have the purpose of changing the status quo...

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Subtext

http://youtu.be/w36ddaXKHeI Subtext is an underlying theme in a literary work that must be inferred by looking at the clues the author leaves, such as repeated symbols, events, etc.

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Symbols

http://youtu.be/pEfIcz8epmE Symbols is literature are objects that stand for something else. Typically, a material object that represents something abstract.

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Theme

http://youtu.be/qhq82Pv0IUo The theme of a literary work is the dominant idea that the symbols, repetitions and patterns in the work are trying to convey.

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