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argumentation
to prove the validity of an idea or point of view by presenting reasoning, discussion and argument that convinces the reader
attitude
a writers intellectual position or emotion regarding the subject of the writing
theme
the central idea or message of a work, the insight it offers into life
thesis
in expository writing, the thesis statement is the sentence that directly expresses the authors opinion, purpose, meaning or proposition
tone
similar to mood, tone describes the authors attitude toward his or her material, the audience or both
transition
a word or phrase that links different ideas
understatement
the ironic minimizing of fact, understatement presents something as less significant than it is
wit
wit is intellectually amusing language that surprises and delights
symbol/ symbolism
anything that represents or stands for something else
syntax
the way an author chooses to join words into phrases, clauses and sentences