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age of reason

term used to describe a phase in western philosophy and cultural life in which reason was advocated as the primary source and basis of authority

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alliteration

repetiton of initial letter or sound in adjacent words to create an atmospheric or onomatopoeic effect

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allusion

passing reference to another literary work, without naming it

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Ambiguity

Capacity of words to have simultaneous meanings In the context as a device for enriching Meaning

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Ambivalence

The coexistence in one persons mind of two opposing attitudes or feelings in a single contexts

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Antithesis

A contrast or opposition of ideas usually achieved by the balancing of connected clauses with parallel grammatical constructions

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Aphorism

Opinion face like a self evident truth e.g. there is no confusion like to confusion of a simple mind

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aposiopesis

Incomplete utterance caused by emotion or confusion e.g. it's the funniest thing old sport he said hilariously I can't when I try to

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arthurian legend

A reference to the web video and manses concerning gallant knight in shining armour

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Assonance

Repetition of vowel sounds in words in close proximity e.g. touch of a cluster

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Athene

In Greek mythology the shrewd companion of heroes and the goddess of heroic endeavour

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Caricature

Saturated and ridiculous portrayal of person built around a pacific physical personality trait e.g. wall shines nose and accent

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Characterisation

Means by which fictional characters are personified and made distinctive

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Cliche

Predictable and overused expression or situation

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Climax

Moment of intensity to which a series of events has been leading

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Colloquial

Informal language of conversational speech

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Connotations

Associations of votes by a word e.g. palaces suggest luxury

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Contextuality

Historical social and cultural background of a text

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Criticism

Evaluation of literary texts or other artistic work

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Dialect

Verity of the language used in a particular area distinguish by features of grammar and or vocabulary

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Dialogue

Direct speech of characters engaged in a conversation

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diction

Choice of words vocabulary from particular semantic field

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Dramatic irony

When the audience know something that the characters speaking does not which creates humour or tension

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empathy

Identifying with a character in a literary work

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Epigraph

Quotation placed at the beginning of the book as an indication of its theme

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Epigram

Wittily condensed expression e.g. the most limited of all specialist the world grounded man

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Epiphany

Sudden and striking revelation of the essence of something sublime

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Eponymous

Main character after whom a work is named

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Eternal triangle

Three way relationship course in jealousy and betrayal went to men love one woman or vice versa

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Euphemism

Tactful word or phrase to refer to something unpleasant or offensive