TKAM Literary Terms

Allusion Definition Reference to something outside the text
Allusion Example “Maycomb County had recently been told it had nothing to fear but fear itself” pg 6
Flashback Definition When the text goes back in time to explain the past
Flashback Example “When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident.” pg 1
Allusion Analysis The allusion gives context and a place in time for the setting in Maycomb
Foreshadowing Defn Giving the reader a hint about what might happen in the future.
Foreshadowing Example The rifle cracked. Tim Johnson leaped, flopped over and crumpled on the sidewalk in a brown and white heap. He didnt know what hit him.-page 127
Foreshadowing Analysis Tim Johnson sounds like Tom Robinson which could indicate that Tom Robinson will die or that something bad will happen to him.
Hyperbole Definition Exaggeration for dramatic effect
Flashback Analysis The flashback gives a perspective of a child, but with the reflection of an adult.
Hyberbole Example “Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained-if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.” Pg 16
Metaphor Definition Comparison not using like or as
Metaphor Example “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom” pg 10
Personification Definition Giving something unhuman human qualities
Personification Example “The chinaberry trees were malignant, hovering, alive.”-page 74
Personification Analysis In this case personification is used to show how scared scout is of Boo because she thinks everything is out to get her.
Metaphor Analysis Boo Radley isn’t actually a phantom, but this metaphor shows how Jem and Scout believe Boo is a horrible monster without even meeting him.
Hyperbole Analysis Lee uses a hyperbole about Boo Radley to make the point that Jem, Scout, and Dill believe that Boo Radley is a horrible monster.
Symbol Definition A person or thing used to represent something else
Symbol Example “But remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.” Pg 119
Symbol Analysis The mockingbird represents innocence because it doesn’t do anything wrong. The book is titled to kill a mockingbird because it is about the trial of tom robinson who is innocent.

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