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Act
a major unit of action in a plat to seperate scene and so forth
Allegory
a symbolic narrative
: "the allegory of Pier's Plowman"
Allitereation
repetition of the same sounds (consonant)
Allusion
an indirect reference that people just assume
Antagonist
the cahracter against the main character
archetype
An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned; a prototype: "'Frankenstein' . . . 'Dracula' . . . 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'
aside
a conversation sayd so only the ausidence and/or another person to hear
assonace
repetition of a vowel that make the same sounds
Canon
the work of an author that have been acceted as authentic
catharsis
the purging of emotions or relieving of emotional tentions
characterization
the techniques writers use to develop the characters
cliche
a sterotype expression wich is overused:
"as strong as an ox"
climax
the moment when the interest and emotional intensity reach the highest point; the turning point
colloquial
informal speach
comic relief
a humorous scene incident, or speech in drama used to break the tension
compare/contrast
to examine different
diction
the written choice of words
conflict
a struggle between opposing forces and the basis of the plot
connotation
the emotional response evoked by word
denotation
the literal or dictionary meaning
dialect
variety of a language spoken in a place
dialogue
a written conversation between two or more characters
enjambment
the running on of the thought from one line couplet or stanza to the next without a syntactical break
epic poetry
a long written poem or a serious subject
epiphany
a literary work or section of a work presenting, usually symbolically, such a moment of revealation and insight
exposition
the information given before the plot starts about the chracters
extended metaphor
two unlike things compared in several ways
farce
a play that prompts laughter through ridiculous situations and exageration
figurative language
the language that communicates ideas beyond the literal meaning of the words
flashback
something that happened before the begining of the story
foil
a character who provies a striking contrast to another character
foreshadow
a way the writer shows clues or hints to events that will occur
hero
the main character in a literary work; good qualtities that enable him to triumph over the antogonist
hubris
excessive pride or self-confidence
hyperbole
a figurative of speech where the truth is exagerated for humor
Iambic
a satirical poem in this meter
imagery
language that is used to create a vivid picture
irony
the contrast between what should and what would happen
metaphor
a comparison between two things not using like or as
monologue
a part of a droam in which a sinle actor speaks alone
mood
the feelinf or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader
myth
a story usually conserning wome supernateral being or unlikely event
onomatopeia
the formation of words that imitate the sounds it is discribing
oxymoron
when two things are put together that seem opposites "sweet sarrow"
paradox
an ubsurd statement
parallel structure
similar paterns
parody
imitates another work; spoof
persona
an actors portrayal of someone in a play
personification
human qualities are given to an animal or inamate object
plot
a chain of related events that take place in a story
protagonist
the central character of the story
pun
a play on words
resolution
the final part of writing that closes all the loose ends
simile
a comparison using like or as
soliloquy
when a characte speaks their thoughts out loud
stanza
a group of lines that form a unit of poetry
style
the way a piece of literature is written
suspense
the tension or excietemnt felt by the reader
theme
the central idea or message in a piece of work
tone
the attitude a writer takes toards a subject
tradegy
things and events that turn out disastrously for the main characters
understatement
by saying less than what is true