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Cards (140)

Section 1

(50 cards)

ambiguity

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deliberate vagueness

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alliteration

Front

the repetition of initial consonants

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denotation

Front

the dictionary definition of a term

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conflict

Front

the problem inherent in a story

Back

colloquial diction

Front

the diction of the region (Soda Vs. Pop)

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omniscient p.o.v.

Front

3rd person; narrative voice knows all actions and thoughts of all characters

Back

mood

Front

feeling of the reader

Back

first person p.o.v.

Front

a character in the story tells the story

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denouement

Front

french for resolution; conflict is resolved

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symbol

Front

object or place that represents more than itself

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parallel structure

Front

similar terms that need to be structured in a similar way

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parable

Front

a story with a lesson

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setting

Front

the time and place of a story

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consonance

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the repetition of consonants

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limited omniscient p.o.v.

Front

3rd person; actions of all characters; feelings/thoughts of one

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allegory

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a story with two levels of meaning (literal and figurative); most Biblical Parables

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foil

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a minor character who reflects the qualities of a major character

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tone

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the feeling inherent in a text

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didactic

Front

perfectly clear

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formal diction

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third person; elevated vocabulary; grammatically clean

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cacophony

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noise

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informal diction

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grammatically clean; first person

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diction

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word choice

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syntax

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word order

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digression

Front

deliberate movement away from plot

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theme

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the driving purpose for a text

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details

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the specific components of plot, and aspect of style

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genre

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type of work

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structure

Front

the framework of a piece of writing; the organizational system

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style

Front

broad heading for the literary devices that make an author unique

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narrative technique

Front

tools used to tell the story

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attitude

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the biases and beliefs of an author

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plot

Front

the actions of the story

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Deus ex Machina

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God as Machine; an outside force intervening to alter the plot

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epiphany

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a realization, often sudden (Cannot forget what was realized)

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foreshadowing

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a hint at future events

Back

parody

Front

ridiculous plot; intended to amuse; mimics an existing piece

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farce

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ridiculous plot; intended to amuse

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allusion

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reference to an outside work without naming the work (Shakespeare and the Bible)

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antecedent

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the word a pronoun replaces; NOT THE PRONOUN!!!!

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point of view

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the perspective from which a story is told

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suspense

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feeling of anticipation created in the reader (component of mood)

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connotation

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the associated ideas and beliefs of a term

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assonance

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the repetition of vowels

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slang

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diction of a particular group of people (age groups)

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personification

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giving human qualities to something non-human

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precis

Front

a short summary statement

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thesis

Front

the stated purpose for a text; typically essays

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clause

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group of words that includes a subject and a verb, can be dependent or independent

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apostrophe

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addressing an object or person that cannot/will not respond

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Section 2

(50 cards)

imagery

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writing that evokes the senses

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persona

Front

the character that a writer or speaker conveys to the audience

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verbal irony

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what is stated is unexpected

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apposition

Front

two nouns that are adjacent to each other and reference the same thing

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hyperbole

Front

deliberate exaggeration

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rhetorical triangle

Front

a diagram showing the relations of writer or speaker, reader or listener, and text in a rhetorical situation

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loose sentence

Front

a sentence when the independent clause at beginning with a ton of stuff afterword

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imperative

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command form of a verb

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free verse

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poetry not restricted to traditional meter

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protagonist

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the character that changes

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rhetorical question

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a question asked in argumentation without expectation of an answer

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aesthetic reading

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reading to experience the world of the text

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satire

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a piece of writing that ridicules human habits

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devices of sound

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literary devices that capture a sound for a reader (cacaphony, onomatopoeia...)

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pastoral

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something set in nature, typically idealizes nature

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kinesthetic imagery

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imagery related to movement

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convention

Front

an author's stylistic tendencies

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simile

Front

a comparison using "like" or "as"

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compound sentence

Front

a sentence with two or more independent clauses

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stream of consciousness

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writing format that records the thoughts of a character as they occur

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euphemism

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a polite way of saying that something harsh

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soliloquy

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solo speech; often used in theater

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auditory imagery

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imagery related to sounds

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epigram

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a short saying of advice (often idioms)

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visual imagery

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imagery related to sight

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paradox

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two truths that seem to contradict each other but don't

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litotes

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understatement

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periodic sentence

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a sentence with modifying elements included before the verb/complement

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Idiom

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a phrase that is only understood in its entirety

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stanza

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grouping of lines in a poem; often a space between

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complex sentence

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a sentence with one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses

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antagonist

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a character/situation that causes change

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onomatopoeia

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a word that captures a sound

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situational irony

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what happens is the opposite of the expected

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pathos

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the appeal of a text to the emotions or interests of the audience

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metaphor

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a comparison

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stereotype

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the characteristics of a group

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realism

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potential for improvement and evil

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lyrical

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song-like text

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olfactory imagery

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imagery related to smell

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hubris

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excessive pride

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objective p.o.v.

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the narrator does not offer commentary, stays neutral

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naturalism

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no matter what- WE DIE

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tactile imagery

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imagery related to touch

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jargon

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technical terms associated with a group, usually a profession

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rhetorical techniques

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techniques used in argumentation

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oxymoron

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two terms that contradict one another

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romanticism

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it can get better... unfocused

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gustatory imagery

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imagery related to taste

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figurative language

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language that incorporates a literal and a metaphorical meaning

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Section 3

(40 cards)

cumulative sentence

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aka loose; complete main idea at the beginning

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solecism

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nonstandard usage of a term

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aporia

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expression of doubt by which a speaker appears uncertain as to what he should think, do, or say

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anaphora

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the repetition of a group of words at the beginning of clauses

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unity

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sense that a text is, appropriately, about only on subject and achieves one major purpose or effect

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homily

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sermon or lecture

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reliable narrator

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a believable, trustworthy commentator on events and characters in a story

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repetition

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in a text, repeated use of sounds, words, phrases, or clauses to emphasize meaning or achieve effect

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contradiction

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rhetorical invention covering topic of relationships... urges the speaker/writer to invent an example or a proof that is counter to the main idea or argument

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dynamic character

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a character that changes

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pleonasm

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the use or more words than are necessary to make a point

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ellipsis

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intentional omission of word(s)

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unreliable narrator

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an untrustworthy or naive commentator on events and characters in a story

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invective

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vehement or violent denunciation, censure, or reproach

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implied metaphor

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a metaphor embedded in a sentence rather than expressed directly as a sentence

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myth

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a traditional/legendary story often concerning the gods and a phenomenon of nature

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hendiadys

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use of two words connected by a conjunction to express a single complex idea

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malapropism

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an act or habit or misusing words that ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound

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bathos

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insincere comment intended to evoke pity

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bombastic

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high sounding, high-flown; inflated; pretentious

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syllepsis

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same word used in different ways

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anadiplosis

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the rhetorical repetition of one or several words; specifically repetition of the end of one phrase and beginning of next

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hyperbaton

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unusual or inverted word order

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participle

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an adjective that is derived from the verb; a verbal form used as an adjective

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polysyndeton

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repetition of conjunction in close succession

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hypophora

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a rhetorical term for a strategy in which a speaker raises a question and then immediately answers it

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situation

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the convergence of exigency (the need to write), audience, and purpose

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synecdoche

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a figure of speech in which a part is used for a whole or the whole for the part (synonym for metonymy)

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obsequious

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characterized by servile deference; fawning; obedient; dutiful

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claim

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the ultimate conclusion, generalization, or point that syllogism or enthymeme express. The point, backed by support, of an argument

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metonymy

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substitution of one word for another which it suggests

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round character

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a character in literature who is fully developed. Typically changes throughout course of text. Reader understands his/her motive

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static character

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a figure who remains the same from the beginning to the end of a narrative

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flat character

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a figure readily identifiable by memorable traits but not fully developed (typically unaffected by events of the story)

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disproportionate

Front

out of proportion, as in size or number

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scapegoat

Front

a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place

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epistrophe

Front

a rhetorical term for the repetition of a word or phrase at the end of successive clauses

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verisimilitude

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the quality of a text that reflects the truth of actual experience (the believability)

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antithesis

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a rhetorical term for the juxtaposition of contrasting ideas in balanced phrases or clauses

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paradox

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something that seems not true, but has some truth in it

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