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ad hominem argument
argument that appeals to emotion rather than reason; may attack the messenger rather than the message
a comparison, involving two or more symbolic parts, employed to clarify an action or a relationship
reversing the order of repeated words/clauses to intensify the sentence, present alternatives, or show contrast
a poem written on the subject of poetic art, usually explaining poet's reasons for writing
a speech made by an actor to the audience as though momentarily stepping outside the action on stage
camera eye narrator
third-person narrator who describes what would be visible to a camera; objective
cleansing of emotion an audience member experiences, having lived through the experiences on stage
belief that man is fated to defeat under indifferent natural forces; emphasizes vanity of free will
deus ex machina
"god from the machine" - conflicts quickly resolved at end of last act, often by sudden introduction of a power who solves all
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