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Soliloquy

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener. Typical in plays.

Epistolary

Used to describe a novel that tells its story through letters written from one character to another.

Metonymy

The use of a word or phrase to stand in for something else which it is often associated. ie. Lamb means Jesus

Tone

Reflects how the author feels about the subject matter or the feeling the author wants to instill in the reader

Apostrophe

When a character speaks to a character or an object that is not present or is unable to respond

Enjambment

The continuation of reading one line of a poem to the next with no pause, a run-on line.

Hubris

Used in Greek tragedies, refers to excessive pride that usually leads to a hero's downfall

Climax

The turning point in the plot or the high point of action

Paradox

Statement which seems to contradict itself

Tragedy

A drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, esp as a consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with unfavorable circumstances.

Closure

Principle that structured do not stop, they come to an end with a sense of conclusion, completeness, wholeness, and finality.

Palindrome

Writing that reads the same from left to right and from right to left.

Tautology

Needless repetition of an idea, esp in words other than those of the immediate context without additional force or clearness

Anachronism

A person, scene, event or other element that fails to correspond with the appropriate time or era.

Surrogate

A person of a thing substituted for, or speaking for, another

Bildungsroman

A novel that deals with the development of a young person, usually from adolescence to maturity

Macabre

Material that is disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depictions of death or injury

Hamartia

The error, mistaken judgement, or misstep though where the fortunes of the hero of a tragedy are reversed

Pejorative

Expression that expresses contempt, criticism, hostility, disregard and/or disrespect

Kitsch

From German "gaudy trash"; shallow, flashy art designed to have popular appeal and commercial success

Holy Grail

Object of a long and difficult quest

Shangri-La

An idyllic place or retreat; a paradise on Earth

Ivory Tower

Person who is secluded or protected from the real world

The Emperor's New Clothes

In context of someone pointing out the falseness or pretentiousness of something, esp when others are afraid to admit the truth

Job

Epitome of patient self-control; restraint and tolerance

Prodigal Son

A returned wanderer or repentant sinner

Read the Riot Act

To issue a stern warning that if unacceptable behavior doesn't cease severe consequences will follow

Waterloo

The Last Stand

Fiddle While Rome Burns

To display indifference in the midst of an emergency or disaster

Catch 22

An absurd, no win situation