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allusion

a reference to another work of literature, person, or event

aside

a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage

subplot

a secondary situation and conflict less important than the main plot of the story

pun

a humorous play on words

soliloquy

a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections

monologue

a (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor

Cuckoldry

the dishonoring of a husband by adultery on the part of his wife

Taboo words

words of such strong affective connotations that they cannot be used in polite discourse

Venereal references

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Unusual metaphor

The use of a word in a context that differs from its proper application.

Personification

representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature

Simile

a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with 'like' or 'as')

Metonymy

substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in 'they counted heads')

Symbolism

the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning

Personification

representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature

Malaprops

Words which have been misused for comic effect

Oxymoron

conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence')

Denouement

the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work

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