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Verbal Irony
when the reader is aware of the discrepancy between the real meaning of a situation and the literal meaning
Unity
if all parts of a work are related to one central idea or organizing principle
Tone
a writers attitude revealed through diction, figurative language, and organization
Theme
the central idea of a work of fiction or nonfiction
Symbol
a thing, event, or person that represents or stand for some idea or event
Style
the choices in diction, tone and syntax that a writer makes
Simile
A figurative comparison using like or as
Sarcasm
A type of verbal irony
Satire
a work that reveals a critical attitude toward some element of human behavior by portraying it in an extreme way
Rhetoric
the art of effective communication
Repetition
Word or phrase used two or more times in close proximity
Refutation
when a write musters relevent opposing arguments
Red Herring
When a writer raises an irrelevent issue to draw attention away from the real issue
Post hoc, ergo propter hoc
implying that because one thing follows another, the first caused the second
Point of View
Perspective from which a story is told
Personification
inanimate objects, animals, ideas, or abstractions are endowed with human traits or human form
Persona
adopting a fictional voice to tell the story
Pathos
qualities of a work that evoke sorrow or pity
Parody
an exaggerated imitation of a serious work for humorous purposes
Parallelism
sentence construction of two or more grammatical similarities
Paradox
a seemingly contradictory statement which is actually true
Oxymoron
a rehtorical antithesis. juxaposing two contrary terms
Oversimplification
when a writer obscured or denies the complexity of the issue in an argument
Onomatopoeia
the use of a work whose pronunciation suggests its meaning
Objectivity
a writers attempts to remove him/herself from any subjective personal involement in the story
Non-sequitur
When a statement is not ligically connected to another
Negative-positive
Sentence that begins by stating what is not true, then ending by stating what is true
Moral
a lesson drawn from the story
Mood
an atmosphere created created by the writers diction
Metaphore
a comparison of two things, often unrelated