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Abstract
Refers to language that describes concepts rather than concrete images
Ad Hominem
In an argument, this is an attack on the person rather than on the opponent's ideas.
Allegory
A work that functions on a symbolic level.
Alliteration
The repetition of initial consonant sounds, such as 'Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Pickled Peppers'
Allusion
A refernce contained in a work.
Analogy
A literary device employed to serve as a basis for comparison. It is assumed that what applies to the parallel situation also apples to the original circumstances. A comparison between two differnt items.
Anecdote
A story of brief episode told by the writer or a character to illustrate a point.
Antecedent
The word, phrase, or clause to which a pronoun refers.
Antithesis
The presentation of two contrasting images. The ideas are balanced by word, phrase, clause, or paragraph. 'To be or not to be...'
Argument
A single assertion or series of assertions presented and defended by the writer.
Cacophony
Harsh and discordant sounds in a line or passage in a literary work.
Character
Those who carry out the action of teh plot in literature. Major, minor, static, and dynamic are types of characters.
Colloquial
The use of slang in writing, often to create local color and to provide an informal tone. Huckleberry Finn is written like this.
Comic Relief
The inclusion of a humorous character or scene to contrast with the tragic elements of a work, thereby intensifying the next tragic event.
Conflict
A clash between opposing forces in a literary work, such as man vs.man; man vs. nature, man vs. god' man vs. self
Connectitive Tissue
Those elements that help create coherence in a written piece. See Chp 6.
Connotation
The interpretive level of a word based on its associated images rather than its literal meaning.
Deduction
The process of moving from a general rule to a specific example.
Abstract
Refers to language that describes concepts rather than concrete images.