Summer Reading Vocab

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parallelism

repeated similarities in the way something is written. a famous example from Martin Luther King Jr.: "I have a dream that one day the sons of slaves...I have a dream that my four little children...I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama..."

colloquial language

informal conversational style pertinent to a specific time period. ex: "what's up?"

pathos

an attempt by the author to make us feel compassion, pity or just plain heart-wrenching love for a character.

irony

of all the possible outcomes, this is the one you'd least expect given the circumstances.

metaphor

comparing two totally unlike things in order to point out some common characteristic

personification

giving human qualities to something not human. "the cake is begging me to eat it"

tone

the mood of a piece of writing. Catcher in the Rye=rebellious, Huckleberry Finn=humorous

diction

choice of words to convey a specific meaning. difference between cried, wimpered, wailed

humor

a comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement

satire

a kind of humor, but it makes fun of something.

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