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narration or description where events or objects represent ideas
allegory
repetition of consonant sounds, usually at the beginning of words
alliteration
a reference to a person, place, thing, event, or idea
allusion
universal symbols that evoke deep or unconscious responses in the reader - like heaven or hell stories, quests
archetype
repetition of vowel sounds to emphasize words in a line
assonance
the most important works of literature to be read and studied
canon
purgation. the audience releases emotion at the end of a tragedy
catharsis
associations/ implications, go beyond the meaning of the word. eagle = liberty/freedom
connotation
unrealistic characteristic of literary genre accepted by audience as familiar technique
conventions
the dictionary meaning of a word
denotation
writer's choice of words/phrases to create meaning
diction
way of using language that deviate from literal meanings - say 1 thing in terms of something else
figure of speech
french word for kind/type of poetry, fiction, drama, or essay
genre
excessive pride/self confidence, hamartia, downfall of tragedy character
hubris
boldly exaggerated statement
hyperbole
addresses the senses, convey mood through verbal pictures
imagery
contradictory statements to reveal reality different from what appears to be true
irony
place 2 things side by side to compare
juxtaposition
compare without using like or as
metaphor
the speed at which details of story are offered
narrative pace
when the words sounds like it is - bang, sizzle
onomatopoeia
condensed paradox
oxymoron
statement that appears to be contradictory but makes sense - what underlies statement
paradox
the balance of equal ideas with repetition of sounds, meanings, or structures
parallelism
appeals to the audience emotion - rhetorical device
pathos
human characteriestics to nonhuman ways
personification
who tells the story/ how it's told
point of view
techniques to clarify writing, make it effective
rhetorical devices
no answer is expected - for rhetorical effects
rhetorical question
physical/social context of where the action occurs
setting
comparison - like, as, than, appears, seems
simile
character alone utters thoughts out loud
soliloquy
how a piece of lit is put together, how parts relate to each other - scenes/acts follow each other in a play
structure
the distinctive manner in which a writer arranges words to achieve unique effects - structure, tone, irony
style
evokes abstract meaning beyond literal significance
symbol
ordering of words into patterns to put emphasis on the words
syntax
central meaning of work
theme
central idea of essay, topic in clear words
thesis
author's implicit attitude towards readers/characters
tone
story of courageous individuals - defeat, failure, death
tragedy