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narrative significance

the importance of the passage within the story (two sentences)

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thematic significance

(2-3 sentences) major themes and ideas presented and considered in the passage (tragedy, ambition, honor, etc) include some textual evidence if relevant

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literary significance

(discussion of evidence) figures of speech, how words are repeated or relate to other words, effect of language on reader (no sentence limit)

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alliteration

the repetition of consonants, especially at the beginnings of words ("there is no fellow in the firmament...")

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anaphora

the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses ("therein, you gods, you make the weak most strong; therein you gods, you tyrants do defeat")`

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antithesis

the opposition of two ideas that are put together to achieve a contrasting effect ("we shall be called purgers, not murderers")

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chiasmus

ideas repeated in reverse order, in the same or a modified form ("not that i love caesar less, but that i loved Rome more")

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hyperbole

exaggeration for emphasis ("wilt thou lift up Olympus?")

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litotes

understatement for emphasis- often an ironic understatement to affirm its opposite ("but as you know all, a plain blunt man/that love my friend")

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metaphor

comparison without like or as ("thou bleeding piece of earth")

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metonymy

the name of a thing is replaced with the name of something else ("an idea, attribute, or another thing) with which is closely associated, (shakespeare wrote for the stage, stage= theatrical profession, abstract relationship)

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onomatopeia

the use of words to imitate sounds (the crowd hissed, clapped, and hollered)

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oxymoron

a compressed paradox. opposite or contradictory terms used close together for emphasis (julius caesar's assasination was organized chaos)

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paradox

a statement that is contradictory or illogical, but ultimately expresses a truth ( brutus, with himself at war)

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pathetic fallacy

a kind of personification that involves the attribution of human emotion to the natural world (angry clouds scowled over rome)

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personification

giving something a human quality or characteristic, or representing an abstract quality in human form (ambition's debt is paid)

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simile

comparisons that feature like or as (i am constant as the north star)

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synecdoche

the name of a part of a thing stands for the whole (caesar won the war, caesar = imperial army, concrete relationship)