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Hubris
Derived from the Greek work, hybris, meaning, “excessive pride.”
Hyperbole/Overstatement
Exaggeration in the service of truth by adding emphasis to what you mean
Image
A picture or impression made with words which appeal to any of the five senses: sight, taste, touch, smell, sound.
In Medias Res
“in the midst of things”; refers to opening a story in the middle of the action, necessitating filling in past details by exposition or flashback.
Invocation
An address to a deity for aid, assistance, guidance.
Irony
word or phrase that means the opposite of its literal or normal meaning.
Dramatic (irony)
When the audience has important information that the characters in the play do not.
Situational (irony)
When things turn out contrary to what is expected
Verbal (irony)
A contrast between what is said and what is actually meant.
Jargon
Specialized or technical language of a trade, profession, or similar group.
Juxtaposition
an author places two situations/characters side by side in a story for a specific purpose.
Literal Language
States facts or ideas directly.
Loose Sentence
A sentence grammatically complete usually stating its main idea before the end.
Metaphor
Implied comparison between two images without using “like,” “as,” or “as if.”
Metonymy
A figure of speech in which the name of one object is replaced by another which is closely associated with it.
Mood
The emotion created by a literary passage, such as happiness, sorrow, tranquility, anger, etc.
Motif
A short narrative unit that reoccurs through a literary piece or occurs in other literary works.
Narrative Hook
Action in a narrative when the author catches the reader’s attention by presenting a problem or situation which begins the conflict.
Narrator
the voice of the storyteller.
Novel
fictional prose narrative of considerable length, typically having a plot that unfolds through actions, speech, and thoughts of a series of characters.
Onomatopoeia
The use of words or sounds which appear to resemble the sounds which they describe.
Oxymoron
A figure of speech that combines two apparently contradictory elements
Paradox
A statement that at first appears self-contradicting but makes sense upon further review.
Paraphrase
The condensing and summarizing of someone else’s words.
Parody
A work that imitates another work for comic effect by exaggerating the style and changing the content of the original
Personification
A figure of speech in which a nonhuman or inanimate object or idea is given human characteristics.
Plot
The sequence of events in a narrative
Exposition
Introduces people, places, or situations important to the plot
Rising Action
Adds complications to the conflict and increases the interest in the story
Climax
Two opposing forces meet head on and a turning point is reached
Falling Action
The events occurring after a story’s climax.
Resolution
When everything is explained, cleared up, or resolved
Denouement
Ties up the loose ends of the resolution of a story
Poetry
An imaginative response to experiences reflecting a keen awareness of language.
Point of View
The relationship of the storyteller to the story.
First-person
the story is told from the viewpoint of one of its characters
Second-person
When the narrator or character’s from a story directly address the reader
Third-person
the story is told by the author, not the speaker
Third-person omniscient
the story is told from the perspectives of all the characters
Prose
A speech or writing without the use of rhythm or metrical structure as employed in poetry.
Pun
A word or phrase used in such a way as to suggest more than one possible meaning
Realism
The practice of attempting to describe nature and life without idealization and with attention to detail.
Satire
use of wit, exaggeration, and ridicule to present a serious criticism of individuals, customs, or social or political institutions
Short Story
A brief fictional prose narrative that usually develops a single theme or mood.
Simile
A comparison of two images using “like,” “as,” or “as if.”
Soliloquy
A speech delivered by a character when she is alone on the stage. The effect is of the audience hearing the character’s inner thoughts.
Speaker
The voice in the literary work
Stream of Consciousness
A style of writing in which the thoughts and feelings of the writer are recorded as they occur.
Style
How the author employs words, phrases, sentences, structure, and rhetorical techniques to form ideas
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