refers to characters, plots, themes, images, patterns, and stories that recur throughout the history of literature consistently enough to be considered a universal concept or situation.
a person, animal, or a natural force presented as a person appearing in a literacy work.
a writers choice of words to convey a particular tone or meaning.
a long, narrative poem that traces the adventures of a larger-than-life hero. They intertwine myths, legends, and history reflecting the values of the societies in which they originate often intervene in the affairs of humans.
a long narrative poem on a serious subject with elevated or formal style.
a long, elaborate comparison that continues for several lines. It is a feature of epics, but is found in other poems as well.
a brief phrase that is used to characterize a person, place, or thing.
an authors use of clues that hint at events that will occur later in the plot.
the main character in a literacy work, typically one whose character or deeds inspire the admiration of the reader.
arrogance, excessive self pride and self confidence.
a figure of speech using exaggeration or overstatement for special effect.
words or phrases that because of their sensory details, appeal to the readers five senses, helping them imagine how things look, feel, smell, sound, and taste.
in media res
the literacy technique of opening a story in the middle of the action and then supplying information about the beginning of the action through flashbacks.
a figure of speech in which something non human is given human qualities.
a contrast or an incongruity between what is stated and what is meant, or between what is expected to happen and what actually happens.
an address to a deity for aid, a prayer for help.
a literacy device in which sounds, words, phrases, lines, or stanzas are repeated for emphasis in a poem, a speech, or another piece of writing.
something that prompts a person to act in a certain way, or that determines the outcome in a situation or story.
a traditional story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heros that informs or shapes the world view of a person as by explaining aspects of the natural world or delineating the customs or ideals of a society.
one who tells a story
a humorous play on two or more meanings of the same word or on two different words with the same sound.
evocative words that convey sensory experiences - seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling.
the quality of a short story, novel, play, or narrative poem that makes the reader or audience uncertain or tense about the outcome of events.
the main character of a tragedy who suffers a downfall.
a play in which a main character or tragic hero suffers a downfall. That character typically is a person of dignified or heroic stature. The downfall may result from outside forces or from a tragic flaw in the character.
a weakness within the main character of a tragedy and is the cause of his downfall.