Of Mice and Men – Literary Terms

imply
to suggest indirectly

infer
To draw a conclusion from evidence

exposition
introduces the characters, setting, and basic situation

setting
where and when the story takes place

point of view
the perspective from which the story is told

dialect
a form of language spoken by people in a particular region or group

novella
a short novel

irony
the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning

direct characterization
the writer tells you directly about the character

indirect characterization
the character is revealed through their personality, appearance, words, actions, and effect on others

theme
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work

imagery
Description that appeals to the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste)

onomatopoeia
a word that imitates the sound it represents

foreshadow
gives clues that suggest what might happen in the future

conflict
opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)

external conflict
a problem between characters, between a character and nature, or between a character and society

internal conflict
struggle within a character