10 terms

AP Lit Term Set 1

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Allegory
The device of using character and/or story elements symbolically to represent an abstraction in addition to the literal meaning. (Example: Animal Farm - Pigs represent people in power.)
Alliteration
The repetition of sounds, especially initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words (as in "she sells sea shells.)
(Example: Grapes of Wrath- "curious children crowded close")
Allusion
A direct or indirect reference to something which is presumably commonly known, such as an event, book, myth, place, or work of art
(Example: Moby Dick- Elijah)
Ambiguity
The multiple meanings, either intentional or unintentional, of a word, phrase, sentence, or passage.
(Example: A Sign in Space)
Analogy
A similarity or comparison between two different things or the relationship between them. (Example: Catcher in the Rye - "Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.")
Antecedent
The word, phrase, or clause referred to by a pronoun. (Example: Things Fall Apart- "He was called the Cat because his back would never touch the earth." Amalinze)
Antithesis
The opposition or contrast of ideas; the direct opposite. (Example: A Clean Well-Lighted Place - Waiters)
Aphorism
A terse statement of known authorship which expresses a general truth or a moral principle. (Example: The Great Gatsby - "Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages you've had.)
Apostrophe
A figure of speech that directly addresses an absent or imaginary person or a personified abstraction, such as liberty or love (Example: The Crucible- "Oh sinner!")
Atmosphere
The emotional nod created by the entirety of a literary work, established partly by the setting and partly by the author's choice of objects that are described. (Example: Hills Like White Elephants - tense)
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