Audio GED Prep Language Arts Lesson 1


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Audio GED Prep Language Arts Lesson 1

Literary Devices

Literary devices are like the tools at an author’s disposal.

A simile is a comparison using the words “like” or “as”.

A metaphor is also a comparison, stronger than a simile that does not use “like” or “as”, but usually uses a form of the verb “to be”.

Descriptive language is when an author uses adjectives and adverbs to paint a vivid picture with specific details. An author needs to find a balance between using too much and too little description.

Alliteration is a device often used in poetry in which words have the same initial sound.

Allusion is when an author makes a reference to another work in order to create a desired effect.

Hyperbole is using exaggeration to make a point, such as saying that “I was so hungry I could eat a horse.”

Personification is when an author gives human attributes to an inanimate object, such as describing a fire as “running”.

An allegory is a story in which the characters, settings, or events have a deeper symbolic meaning such as George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”.
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