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Mr. Bissell Vocabulary ♥


a story in which characters, the setting(s), and the main events represent/symbolize something else.


use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable.


a reference to another work of literature (such as a short story, poem, novel, or play). the purpose is to give the reader a better idea.


the most prominent of the characters who oppose the protagonist in a narrative or drama, often a villain seeking to frustrate the protagonist, can be a force of nature. example: Jack from LOTF.


protagonist who has qualities opposite to those normally expected from a hero, such as stupidity, insecurity, dishonesty, and cowardliness. example: Holden is lazy, irresponsible, negative, drinks/smokes, outcast, etc.


gathering of evidence to support a specific P.O.V.


the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllable. example: Alfonso ate apples and animal characters.


a synonym for evidence, example, concrete detail, fact; used to develop or clarify an idea, enables writers to show readers what they mean exactly.


highest point in a series of "dramatic" events, turning point.


"winding down" of action in a play, final resolution of the main conflict, occurring directly after the climax.


author's word choice.


the development of a character(s) through their speech, action, thoughts, and physical appearance.


point in the story that gives that gives a clue or hint as to what will happen in the future.

Situational Irony

contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually does happen. example: Necklace & Lottery.

Dramatic Irony

readers know more about a situation or character in a story than the characters do. example: Cask of Amontillado.

Verbal Irony

when someone states something but implies another meaning: double meaning in what a character says, audience/reader understands hidden meaning contrast to the character spoken to.

Figurative Language

language that communicates meaning beyond the literal level of what is being expressed, used to create effects, emphasizes ideas, evokes emotions, etc. example: hyperbole, metaphor, simile personification.


when two characters or ideas contrast to emphasize the difference between the two.


descriptive writing that paints a picture for the reader and appeals to the five senses. (sight, sound, feels, taste, smell.)


drama that recounts that downfall of dignified, superior character who is involved in historically or socially significant events.

Tragic Hero

protagonist who is in conflict w/ an opposing character or force but has a downfall that leads to catastrophe.


opposite of what we expect
- situational: situation turns opposite of what happened
- verbal: opposite of what you say
- dramatic: know something the character doesn't know

Tragic Flaw

possessed by the tragic hero; causes or contributes to his or her downfall that leads to catastrophe.


comparison of two different things, using "is."


conjoining contradictory terms. example: as in 'deafening silence'.


when ideas, situations, images, and conflicts mirrors one another. example: Holden parallels "the lunatic" from the Bible/kid in the street/darkness in Central Park (darkness in Holden's thoughts.)

Point of View (3 types)

perspective from which a story is narrated.
»First Person - narrator speaks using "I." "me" etc.
»Second Person - "you" etc.
»Third Person - "he" "she" etc.


a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion or make a point. example: I was so nervous, i was sweating bullets.


writing that causes the reader to feel pity or sadness: the power of stirring tender emotions.


14 lines, love poem, accent on every other syllable, 5 syllables per line, lyric poem, 14 lines, with a rhyme scheme, (abab cdcd efef gg) Shakespeare sonnet


main claim, directly of a dignified, superior character who is involved in historically or socially significant events.


the author's emotional mood in the story.


the feeling or atmosphere the author creates for the reader.


main topic of a story.


something that represents something else. object, idea, or action.


speech within a dramatic piece (play) in which a character converses with him/herself, revealing his/her thoughts to the audience.


comparison using like or as. example: He ran like the wind.


long, uninterrupted speech made by one person.


things that occur that lead to something else or gets in the way of something else happening; struggle between both sides. examples: (person vs. person/society, person vs. nature, person vs. technology, person vs. self, etc.)

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