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hyperbole
exaggeration used to expresss a strong feeling or create a comic effect
synecdoche
a figure of speech in which the name of a part is used to refer to the whole; for example, the use of "wheels" to mean "automobile"
tragic flaw
character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy
blank verse
poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
prose
the ordinary form of spoken or written language
litote
ironic understatement
anachronism
an object or person that is not placed in its correct historical time period
protagonist
the main character in a literary work
romance
a story featuring high born characters in a series of adventrues taht are normally chivalric
personification
the attribution of human characteristics to comething non-human
soliloquy
a speech in wich a character speaks his thoughts aloud while alone on stage
pun
a play upon the multiple meanings of a word or on two words with similar sounds but different meanings
verse
a sequence of words arranged metrically in accordance with some rule or design
metonymy
a figure of speech in which one word or phrase is substituted for another with which it is closely associated
aside
remarks spoken in an undertone by a character, either to the audience or another character on stage
antagonist
a person who opposes, fights, or competes with another opponent, usually the protagonist
foreshadowing
a writer's use of hints and clues to suggest events that have as yet to occur in a literary work
metaphor
a direct comparison between two seemingly unlike things without using the connective words like, as, than, or resembles
tragedy
a serious play having an unhappy or disastrous engind brought about by the characters or central character impelled
simile
an indirect comparison between two seeminglyunlike things that does used the connective terms like, as, than, or resembles
soliloquy
a speech in which a character speaks his thoughts aloud while alone on stage
hero
usually the protagonist in a literary work
imagery
language that appeals to the five senses
villain
a wicked or unprincipled character in a play
irony
a contrast or discrepancy between expectations and reality
drama
a literary composition that tells a story, usually of human conflict, by means of dialogue and action, to be performed on the stage by actors
alliteration
the repetition of initial consonant sounds within the line of verse
allusion
an indirect reference, by means of mention or quotation, to something real or fictitious outside the work being read
theme
the central idea or message of literary work
verbal irony
occurs when a writer or character says one thing but means another, usually the opposite