Can you identify 5 literary terms for "Girl"?

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teachertaylor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Five literary terms and their relationship to the story are:

Narrative point of view:  The story is told from the perspective of a mother addressing her daughter.  There are only two lines in the story in which the daughter's voice is heard.

Colloquialism:  In the middle of the story, the mother tells the daughter that she must not sing "benna" on Sundays or talk to "wharf-rat" boys.  Both are local terms that are used among the cultural group presented in the story.

Rhetorical question:  At the end of the story, the mother questions the type of woman that her daughter will become.  The question, however, is phrased in such a way as to warrant a particular answer--compliance with the mother's rules of etiquette.

Imperative statements:  The story is primarily written using imperative statements to develop the tone of criticism and demand on the part of the mother.

Tone:  Linked to the above, the tone of the story is one of criticism and demand as the mother attempts to teach her daughter the lessons she believes are necessary.

gatorlee3 | Student

Next week I am planning on working with this story to talk about Point of View, Theme, Characterization, Setting, and Conjecture - not sure if you'd consider these literary terms or not, but they are some ideas.