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Alliteration
repition of initial consonant sounds for effect
Antithesis
contrast for effect (contrasting words are placed side by side for effect)
Anachronism
something out of its time
Aside
speech in which one character says to another character or he speaks to an audience when no other characters hear
Atmosphere
feeling or mood
Comic Relief
uses of a humerous scene after a period of high drama to reduce tension in the audience
Dramatic irony
when the words and actions of a character have different meaning to the reader
Exposition
explanation of background information given in the opening scenes of a play
Foreshadowing
hints/clues in literature that sets expectations for what is ahead
Imagery
involves one of the senses and creates a picture with words
Metaphor
a figure of speech in which a word or phrase meaning one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a similarity between them
Metonymy
figure of speech where the use of a word or phrase is substituted for another for which it's associated
Paradox
statement that seems to be contradictory or ridiculous but is actually true
Personification
giving human qualities to animals or objects
Pun
A play on words, sometimes on different senses of the same word and sometimes on the similar sense or sound of different words
Similie
a figure of speech in which things different in kind or quality are compared by the use of the word like or as
Soliloquy
speech given by a character who is usually alone on a stage that reveals the inner thoughts, feelings, and motives of a character (others don't hear if present)
Subtext
the thought we imagine that a character has as he/she speaks the words in a text
Tragedy
literary form in which the main character suffers a disaster after a significant struggle, but faces the struggle in a way to attain heroic status and arouse pity in the audience
Tragic Hero
A noble, high ranking character, who through a series of events, faces a struggle and a downfall
Tragic Flaw
the error or frailty that causes the downfall of a tragic hero
Verbal Irony
The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.