MHS - Stewart - English II PreAP - Lit Terms(4)

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ambiguity

multiple meanings

antagonist

The force in conflict with the protagonist, may be society, nature, fate, self, or another person

archetype

a theme, motif, symbol, or stock character that holds a familiar and fixed place in a culture's consciousness

burlesque

a broad parody, one that takes a style or a form, and exaggerates it into ridiculousness

climax

the moment of highest tension, at which the conflict comes to a head

deus ex machina

Literally "god from the machine." This is a plot device in which a person or thing appears "out of the blue" to help a character to overcome a seemingly insolvable difficulty.

elegy

poem meditating on death or mortality seriously

exposition

introduces the setting, characters, and basic situation

flat character

Not fully developed, we only know one side of the character

hubris

pride--the most common character flaw of tragic character

irony

difference between what might be expected and what actually happens

mixed metaphor

a combination of metaphors that produces a confused or contradictory image ex: "the company's collapse left a mountain of debt in its wake"

omniscient narration

the narrator knows all of the actions, feelings, and motivations of all of the characters.

parody

a humorous and often satirical imitation of the style or particular work of another author

point of view

mental position from which things are viewed

rhetorical modes-argumentation

presenting reasoning and argument to convince the reader

semantics

study of the history, meanings, and relationships of words

stream-of-consciousness narration

the narrator conveys a subject's thoughts, impressions, and perceptions exactly as they occur, often in disjointed fashion and without the logic and grammar of typical speech and writing

synecdoche

a form of metonymy in which a part of an entity is used to refer to the whole ex: "my wheels" for "my car"

transition

a word or phrase that links different ideas

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