What is one of your favorite literary devices? Why do you like it? Provide a definition and an awesome example.
Oh my goodness, could I have squeed any louder? Is this really the question for this week? Well gosh, let me suppress my psycho literary self as I tackle this monster of a question!
... No, really.
My mind sort of flooded with... everything. I love literary terms and all those goodies, and I thought of so many to toss in here. Some are well known, others completely out there, but I smiled as each one came to mind. But then I frowned when I realized I had to narrow it down to one!
I decided to go with an easy one, however. Connotation, as relative to a didactic. Connotation is a term that carries an emotional attachment to it, a sense of feeling, and is the opposite of a denotation. (So a denotation would be a house; walls, roof, door... While a connotation would be a home; family, love, support...). This amount of power in a word is what can really drive a plot or a tale going, and leads it to a...
Didactic! (Did you see what I did just there? I snuck in two literary terms... Silly Becca...) A didactic is a piece of work that has instruction, tells a morale, educates the reader. A lot of times these are loaded with connotations. These help to weigh the book with morals and understandings to create those educational, coming-of-age, mind-blowing plots.
I love these terms because, in my opinion, novels should never be without them. I have yet to read a novel that has not had these elements and declared it a favorite of mine. They are two ingredients that I just need to have in a novel for it to strike me.
It goes without saying that most readers can find a book ether a didactic or not, or see a term as a connotation or denotation. It can sometimes be a matter of opinion... at least that is my opinion.
I really could have gone on forever about these terms, or I could have gone on about a lot of terms, but as usual I'll rein myself in. Literary theory is just THAT sexy.
Well, how did I do? Confuse you, do you agree or disagree? What about your favorite terms? Really, comment, because if you don't well... it gets lonely around here without you all!