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Lit Terms 151-175
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the falling action of a narrative, the events following the climax (The detective finally figured out who the murderer was. The police force later captured him, and a peace of mind was restored to the town.)
exchange, change, swapping, interchange of assumed roles or viewpoint
a question requiring thought to answer or understand: a puzzle (the treasure is found where the end meets the beginning)
when the reader is introduced to the conflict or problems within the work (The police office came up to a neighboring household and alerted them that their neighbor had been murdered and that there would be an ongoing investigation occurring in the neighborhood. )
a term describing a character or literary work that reflects the characteristics of Romanticism- stressing emotion, imagination, individualism
harsh, cutting language or toned intended to ridicule (He's not the sharpest tool in the shed)
the use of humor to emphasize human weaknesses or imperfections in social institutions ("Weekend Update" from Saturday Night Live)
a person or group that bears the blame for another ( In "The Scarlet Letter" Hester takes all the blame for her adulterous act even though Dimmesdale is also at fault, but he is idolized by the townspeople)
a real or fictional episode, a division of an act or play (In "Romeo and Juliet," there is the famous episode where Romeo stands outside of Juliet's balcony and professes his love for her.)
The branch of linguistics that studies the meaning or words, their historical and psychological development, their connotations, and their relation to one another (The word create can mean build, make, construct, compose, or imagine)
a poem with six stanzas of six lines and a final triplet, all stanzas having the same six words at the line ends with six different sequences
the time, place, and environment in which action takes place ("Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," by Jonathan Safran Foer takes place in New York City, one year after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.)
a comparison of 2 things using "like" or "as" (the moon is shining like a bright light)
nonstandard gramatical usage, a violation of gramatical rules (When I were 10 years old I go to Disney Land)
an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers especially by a character in the play ("To be or not to be Now might I do it pat How all occasions do inform against me My offence is rank, it smells to heaven What rogue and peasant slave am I That this too solid felsh would melt)
a lyric poem of fourteen lines, written in iambic pentameter, strict patterns or stanza division and rhyme
a series of sonnets focused on a particular theme
consists of 3 quatrains, followed by a couplet, rhyme scheme is usually abab cdcd efef gg, the couplet represents the conclusion to an issue
3 quatrains and a couplet, rhyme scheme is usually abab bcbc cdcd ee
Italian/ Petrearchan Sonnet
the octave (first 8 lines) present a problem and the sestet (las 6 lines) provide an answer, rhyme scheme is abbaabba cdecde or abbaabba cdcdcd
a term used for the author, speaker, or the person whose perspective is being advanced in a speech or piece of writing (In "Home" by Toni Morrison, Frank is one of these. There is another one also in the book whose perspective switches with Frank's throughout the book.)
widely held but fixed and oversimplified idea of a particular type of person or thing (Women aren't as strong as men)
Stream of Conscious
literary style in which a character's thoughts, feelings, and reactions are depicted in a continuous flow uninterrupted by description and dialogue ( E.B. White's "The Door)
an evaluation of the sum of choices an author makes in blending syntax, diction, figurative language and other literary devices
an underlying and often distinct theme in a piece of writing or conversation (Mary: "Sir, you were going twenty mph over the speed limit."
Joe: "Well then how about you give me a ticket."
Mary: "How about I let you off with a warning."
Joe: "What about the ticket?"
Mary: "Wait around, you were anxious to talk to my husband, that's why you were speeding."
Joe: "I'm not interested in talking to him anymore."
Mary: "Well then how about that ticket."
*Joe is interested in Mary and will do anything to talk with her, even if it includes a ticket. Mary is playing with Joe to see how far he will go for her.)
an artistic movement emphasizing the imagination and characterized by incongruous juxtapositions and lack or conscious control
a construction in which one world is used in two different senses (After he turned left on the road, he turned up the radio)
anything that represents itself and stands for something else- concrete object, action, character etc. represents something more abstract (In the "Hunger Games" series, the Mockingjay that Katniss has a special significance, it represents hope and the start of a rebellion)
objects and occurrences from nature to symbolize ideas commonly associated with them (weeds and grass represent growth )
those that have been invested with meaning by a group (The American Flag is a symbol to all Americans or freedom and patriotism)
found in a variety of world and are generally recognized (Darkness is almost always used as a symbol for evil)
figure of speech in which a part of something is used to represent the whole, or occasionally the whole is used to refer to a part ("Suits" refer to businessmen )