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Pound of Flesh

Someone's insistence on being repayed, even if it will destroy or harm the debtor; from Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice

Noble Savage

A person not corrupted by society or civilization

Bildungsroman

A novel that deals with development of a young person

Anachronism

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

Denouement

The final resolution or clarification of a dramatic or narrative plot

Hubris

Excessive pride that usually leads to a hero's downfall; used in Greek tragedies

Crossing the Rubicon

Taking an irreversible step, often involving some danger

Sirens

Anything that tempts a person away from safety and towards the destructive path

Tantalus

Often something desirable which is then witheld

Waterloo

To suffer an ultimate, decisive defeat

Sword of Damocles

Refers to an awareness of impending or imminent danger

Magnum Opus

The greatest work produced by a writer, composer, or other artist

Anticlimax

Arrangement of details such that the lesser appears at the point where something greater than is expected



Burning Bush

Medium through which voice of absolute authority speaks

Fatalism(n)/ Fatalistic(adj)

Theory where certain events must occur in the future regardless of what our present actions/choices may be

Pejorative

Word/form of expression that expresses contempt, criticism, hostility, disregard, and/or disrespect

Sisyphus/Sisyphean

Labor that's endless, difficult, and ultimately pointless

Foil

A character that by contrast underscores/enhances the distinctive characteristics of another

Illocution

Language that avoids meaning of the words

Blank Verse

Name for unrhymed iambic pentameter

Elegy

Poem or song composed especially as a lament for a deceased person

Emotive Language

Deliberate use of language by a writer to instill a feeling or visual

Feminine Ending

Refers to an unstressed extra syllable at the end of a line of iambic pentameter

Trochee

Foot containing 2 feet: a stressed syllable and an unstressed syllable

Rites of Passage

An incident which creates tremendous growth signifying a transition from adolescence to adulthood

Meta

Above, beyond, of a higher logical type

Kitsch (Kitch)

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

Portmanteau

Words formed by telescoping two words into one

Epistolary

Relating to or denoting writing of letters/literary works in the form of letters

Hyperbaton

Normal sentence order is rearranged in a major way, especially for sake of emphasis