AP Lit: General Lit Terminology #3
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central character who lacks all the qualities traditionally associated with heroes; may lack courage, grace, intelligence, or moral scruples
the use of deliberately old-fashioned language; authors sometimes use ____________s to create a feeling of antiquity
ex. Tourist traps use ____________s (as in "Ye Olde Candle Shoppe.")
these "images" of character, plot pattern, symbols recur in literature and evoke profound emotional responses in the reader because they resonate with an image already existing in our unconscious mind
ex. death, rebirth
when the author addresses you, the reader, directly; it is often interfering and can be nonsensical
a word or phrase, often a figure of speech that has become lifeless because of overuse
a new word, usually one invented on the spot; people's names are often used in this way
ex. "Oh man, you just pulled a major Wilson."
word of phrase in everyday use in conversation and informal writing but is inappropriate for formal situations
ex. "He's OUT OF HIS HEAD if he thinks I'm GONNA GO FOR such a stupid idea."
when a character's speech is styled to reflect upper class and high society's rules for social etiquette
ex. In The Great Gatsby, Tom Buchanan spoke with ____________, while Myrtle and George Wilson did not because they were from a different class.
a character in the play or story thinks one thing is true, but the audience or reader knows better
a character who changes in some important way as a result of a story's action
the use of a word or phrase that is less direct, but is also considered less distasteful or less offensive than another
ex. "He is at rest" instead of He is dead."
a scene that interrupts the normal chronological sequence of events in a story to depict something that happened at an earlier time
character that have only one or two personality traits— they are one dimensional, like a piece of cardboard, they can be summed up in one phrase
use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot
a writer often adopts a fictional voice to tell a story; the role that one assumes or displays in public or society
characters who have more dimensions to their personalities—they are complex, just as real people are
takes place when there is discrepancy between what is expected to happen, or what would be appropriate to happen, and what really does happen
a character that does not change much in the course of a story
occurs when someone says one thing but really means something else
language spoken by the people who live in a particular locality