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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.