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setting
the time, place and society in which the events of the novel take place
theme
the main idea
plot
the sequence of events in the storyline
prose
all language that is not poetry
characters
the fictional people in a play or narrative work
point of view
the way the author chooses to present the story to the reader
simile
a comparison between two unlike things using "like" or "as"
metaphor
a comparison between two unlike things where one said to be the other
personification
a comparison where an animal or object is given human qualities
alliteration
the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words in a line
onomatopoeia
words which sound like the noise they describe
rhyme
similar end sounds to words
end-rhymes
occur at the end of a line
internal rhymes
occur within a line of verse
rhythm
the pace at which a poem moves, the pattern of beats in the lines
narrative verse
poetry that tells a story
ballad
a poem or song which tells a story in simple, colloquial language
sonnet
a 14-lined poem of fixed form
lyric
a short poem in which the poet expresses personal feelings
wings
area behind curtains on either side of stage where actors wait
prompt
person in wings who cues actors on forgotten lines
props (properties)
small items carried on and offstage by actors
set
all the furnishings on the stage for a performance (excluding props)
director
the person who decides how the play is to be acted and is responsible for the performances and the actors
soliloquy
a speech given by a character alone on a stage that reveals her thoughts
aside
when a character onstage makes a comment intended for the audience and not other characters
comedy
a play which entertains the audience and which ends happily for the characters
tragedy
a play that traces the career and downfall of an individual
formal
sutuations where slang or colloquial terms would be inappropriate and where full sentences are used.
informal
casual situations where more relaxed language is used
register
the tone or level of a particular piece of language
cliches
overworked or stale expressions
slang
current, popular expressions
jargon
either confusing language or technical language relating to a profession or sport
hyperbole
exaggeration for effect
common nouns
nouns that represent one or all the members of a class
proper nouns
nouns that refer to a particular person or thing
collective noun
dscribes a group or collection of people or things
abstract nouns
something that cannot be touched, smelt, seen or felt
pronouns
words that take the place of a noun eg "it."
personal pronoun
I, you, etc
reflexive pronouns
myself, yourself, him/herself, itself, ourselves and themselves
demonstrative nouns
this, that, these, those
adjectives
describes a noun
verbs
an "action" word
adverbs
words that describe or give more information about a verb
pronouns
words that take the place of a noun in a sentence
prepositions
words which show the position one thing is in comparison to another
conjunctions
words that join parts of sentences tegether