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Plot
The sequence of events in a literary piece that center on resolving the conflict
Theme
The deeper meaning of a literary piece, central message, or insight into life revealed by a literary piece
Tone
The writers attitude toward a subject.
Style
The way in which a novelist, poet, or other writer uses language.
Point of view
The position from which a writer views his subject
Setting
The environment in a literary piece- the time and place of the piece
Conflict
A struggle between opposing forces.
Mood
The feeling created in the reader by a literary work
Audience
The person or persons who are intended to read a piece of writing or listen to a speakers message
Purpose
The reason a writer writes a piece of literature which includes to inform, entertain, express views, or persuade
Dialogue
Conversation between two or more characters in either fiction or nonfiction
Foil
A character whose personality traits directly contrast with those of another character to show
Imagery
The use of vivid description, usually rich in words that appeal to the senses, to create pictures in the minds of the reader
Symbol
A person, place, or object that has a concrete meaning in itself and also stands for something beyond itself, such as an idea or feeling
Satire
A literary technique in which foolish ideas or customs are ridiculed for the purpose of improving society
Connotative diction
When positive, negative, or neutral emotions are attached to certain words
Irony
The contrast between what is stated and what is meant or the contrast between what is expected to happen and what actually does happen.
Autobiography
A type of nonfiction in which a person tells his or her own life story
Allegory
A work with two levels of meaning, a literal one and a symbolic one
Suspense
The excitement or tension readers feel as they become involved in a story and eagerly await the outcome
Foreshadowing
A writers use of hints or clues to indicate events that will occur later in the story
Aphorism
A short, concise statement expressing a wise or clever observation or general truth.
Personification
Giving human qualities and/or characteristics to nonhuman things
Simile
A comparison of two unlike objects using the words "like" or "as"
Hyperbole
Figure of speech in which the truth is exaggerated for emphasis
Metaphor
A direct comparison of two unlike objects
Paralellism
The repeated use of phrases, clauses, or sentences that are similar in structure or meaning
Allusion
Reference to a well known person, place, event, literary work or work of art
Restatement
To state the same or similar ideas in a variety of ways
Repetition
The repeated use of any element of language
Rhetorical question
Questions that do not require answers because the answer is known or obvious
Pathos
When the author uses an emotional appeal to convince the reader of his or her argument
Logos
When the author uses credibility or authority to convince the reader of his or her argument
Ethos
When the author uses evidence and reason to convince the reader of his or her argument