"The Fall of the House of Usher" vocabulary and literary devices

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allusion

a reference to a real or fictitious person, event, place, work of art, or another work of literature within writing

hyperbole

a figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect

idiom

a phrase that cannot be taken literally

imagery

evocative images to represent objects, actions, or ideas

metaphor

a comparison without using "like" or "as"

personification

a figure of speech in which things are endowed with human qualities or are represented as possessing human form

sarcasm

the use of cutting humor in which the speaker often says the exact opposite of what he or she means

simile

a comparison using "like" or "as"

symbolism

the practice of using a person, place or object that has a concrete meaning in itself and also stands for something beyond itself

tarn

a small mountain lake

insoluble

having no solution; unsolvable

annihilate

to destroy completely; wipe out

alleviation

a decrease in severity; a relief

deficiency

a lack

affinity

a kinship or likeness

vivacious

full of energy; lively

insipid

lacking flavor; bland

dint

force; power

cataleptical

involving paralysis and unconsciousness; trancelike

emaciated

excessively thin; wasted away

futility

uselessness

pertinacity

stubbornness

interment

burial

donjonkeep

dungeon

fitfully

in an irregular way; unsteady

miasma

poisonous vapors

terrestrial

on the ground; earthly

obstinate

stubborn

pesty

poisonous

narrative

a story

narrative

story

aghast

overcome with fear; terrified

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