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PUN

Play on words: a humorous use of words that involves a word or phrase that has more than one possible meaning

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OXYMORON

expression with contradictory words: a phrase in which two words of contradictory meaning are used together for special effect "wise fool" "legal murderer" "pretty ugly"

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PARADOX

Statement that seems contradictory but that actually may be true

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MALAPROPISM


Unintentional use of wrong word: the misuse of a word through confusion with another word that sounds similar, especially when the affect is red ridiculous

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ALLUSION

References to well-known people, places or events from myths or literature

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CHIASMUS

Inverted word order in phrase: rhetorical construction in which the order of words in the second of two paired phrases in the reverse of the order of the first. Am example is " grey was the morn, all things were grey."

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FORESHADOWING

To be warning of: to indicate or suggest something, usually something unpleasant, that is going to happen

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METAPHOR

Implicate comparison: describing somebody or something with a word or phrase that is not meant literally but by means of a vivid comparison express something about him, her, it, saying that somebody is a snake

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SOLILOQUY

A lengthy speech on which a character expresses his or her thoughts to the audience. He or she is usually alone on the stage

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ASIDE

A brief remark by a character revealing thoughts or feelings to the audience. No one else on stage can hear these comments

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MONOLOGUE

Like a soliloquy but the character is addressing another character not to the audience

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CHARACTERS


people or animals that take part in a literary work

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ROUND CHARACTERS


Have many personality traits, like a real person

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FLAT CHARACTERS


One-dimensional, embodying only a single trait. Provide comic relief

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DRAMATIC FOIL

A character who highlights the traits of another character

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TRAGIC HERO



Main character who has a flaw or weakness in his or her character. This flaw causes his or her downfall