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Anecdote

Brief account of an incident, used to help elaborate a point or as an introduction to an essay

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Allusion

Brief reference within a work of art to another character, place, event or work of art

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Atmosphere

Prevailing feeling created be the story

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Bias

Preference or prejudice, a slanted point of view

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Aside

In drama, a brief remark directed to the audience and "not heard" by the other characters

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Colloquialism

Words or expressions that are used in everyday speech or informal writing, but are not appropriate in more formal writing

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Connotation

Positive or negative association of words

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Denotation

Definition of a word found in the dictionary

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Dialect

Language localized to a particular group of people

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Diction

Refers to the way an author expresses in words

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Dilemma

Situation in which a character must make a difficult choice between two alternatives

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Ellipsis

Three dots that indicate missing letters or words (...)

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Empathy

Making yourself imagine how another person must feel

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Hubris

Character's fatal flaw or tragic flaw

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Initial incident

Moment or event that initiates a conflict

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Cliché

Language that has been overused to the point that it has lost it's meaning and has become boring

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Mood

Similar to atmosphere, the emotional feeling created by a piece of writing or acting

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Monologue

Written or oral composition in which one person speaks

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Narrative

A story

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Narrator

Entity within a story that tells the story to the reader

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Novel

Longer narrative that presents related episodes in the life of its central character(s)

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Motivation

Causes a character to do what they do

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Parody

Humorous imitation of a serious price of writing, it makes fun by imitation

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Play

Work in either prose or verse that tells a story through dialogue

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Satire

Uses humor, especially irony and sarcasm, to expose flaws or critique someone

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Soliloquy

Oral contemplation that makes the audience or reader aware of the character's inner thoughts

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Stream of consciousness

Interior monologue

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Style

Overall texture of a piece of writing, the particular way in which the ideas are expressed

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Tragedy

Outcome which the character could have avoided at any point along the way, but, due to certain flaws, chose not to

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Tone

Implied attitude or point of view of a writer towards his/her subject and audience

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Euphemism

Expressing a disagreeable or unpleasant fact in a more pleasing manner

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Figurative language

Uses words to paint a picture, draw an interesting comparison or create a poetic effect through the use of simile, metaphor, personification and the other figurative devices

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Imagery

Pictures or impressions that writers create in the minds of their readers, they use figurative language to appeal to one or more of the senses

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Jargon

Using language that is not clear and is used to make things more complicated than need be

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Oxymoron

Expression which combines two apparently contradictory words

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Paradox

A statement which appears to be contradictory but contains an element of truth

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Pun

A play on words

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Rhetorical question

Question that one asks for effect rather than for an invitation or reply

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Symbolism

Something that stands for something else - an act, word or real object that represents more than itself (2 types)

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Types of symbolism (2)

1. Literary
2. Arbitrary

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Literary symbolism

One that is agreed upon by culture

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Arbitrary symbolism

Unique to a particular piece of literature