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A story in which characters or setting represent abstract ideas or moral qualities
Allegory
A reference, direct or indirect, to a person, place, even, character, or mythology
Allusion
A comparison of two things that are essentially unlike but have some similar properties
Analogy
Contrasting words, phrases, or clauses; generally two parts of a sentence
Antithesis
Common language from today that originated from Anglo-Saxon-German language
Archaic diction
An exaggerated represnetation of a person or action
Caricature
Humor in the mechanism of language; insults, put-downs, puns, paradoxes
Comedy of Manners
Resolution of a work occuring after the climax
Denouement
A device by which a mythological god descends to rescue the hero
Deus ex machina
A poem in which one character speaks for all the other characters
Dramatic monologue
A short witty saying, often in verse
Epigram
Strictly an adjective or adjective phrase used to point out a characteristic of a person or thing
Epithet
Allegorical story, usually involving animals, to illustrate a moral
Fable
A mystery novel intended to shock, involved bleak old castles, hauntings
Gothic novel
A Greek term for excessive pride leading to the downfall of a hero
Hubris
Aesthetic movement from France in the early 1900's. Literature rendered details as they appear immediately to the senses
Impressionism
Name of an attribute or associated thing that is substituted for the usual name
Metonomy
A humorous misuse of language that results from substituting an incorrect word for one which is intended
Malapropism
A fictious name
Pseudonym
A recurring theme, image, action, archetype that heightens the aesthetic appeal or meaning
Motif
Representation of life in it's most depraved and sordid aspects, environment and universe are indifference
Naturalism
A story told to illustrate a moral truth using objects as symbols
Parable
Stresses accurate treatment of subject matter, rational and probable
Realism
The name of a part substituted for the name of a whole
Synecdoche
Presentation of vital information regarding what has occured prior to the beginning of the play
Exposition
The opposition to the protagonist
Antagonist
A form of an understatement, irony, the assertion of tsomething by the denial of its opposite
Litotes
The tranposing of a sentence part from its normal order, especially in verse, to achieve emphasis or to accommodate a rhyme
Inversion
A contrast between what is stated and what is suggested
Verbal Irony
The reader or viewer knows more than the character
Dramatic Irony
Alliteration
Repetition of initial consonant souns in two or more words
Repetition of a word or word-group to begin successive phrases, clauses, sentences, or lines or poetry
Anaphora
A confidential tale ofr bit of gossip. An episode or event worked in as a parenthesis to the main story-line
Anecdote
A figure of speech in which a person who is absent is directly addressed
Apostrophe
An image, motif, theme that has recurred so often as to acquired transcendic symbolic force.
Archetype
A form of poetic metaphor to designate an ingenious and fanciful notion or conception through an elaborate analogy
Conceit